Jazz 91, Mavericks 88
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—Raja Bell made two free throws with 12.3 seconds left and finished with 18 points against his former team to help the Utah Jazz snap Dallas’ nine-game winning streak with a 91-88 victory Wednesday night.
Andrei Kirilenko had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his second game after missing four with a sprained ankle. The Jazz rallied from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Dallas for the second time in three games this season.
Michael Finley scored 29, including three straight 3-pointers in the fourth as the Mavericks took a 78-70 lead, but his tying attempt in the closing seconds bounced off the rim. Antoine Walker ended up with the rebound and got a final shot off, but it, too, bounced off the rim and just missed rolling in before the buzzer sounded.
The Mavericks were playing one night after a 118-116 win at Seattle, but didn’t seem the least bit tired in their second straight thriller.
Finley and Antawn Jamison combined for four consecutive 3-pointers to turn a 66-64 deficit into a 76-70 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Finley added a layup on a nice pass in the lane by Nash, but the Jazz starting hitting their shots again. Kirilenko made a 3-pointer, Bell drove for a layup and Kirilenko hit another 3 that got the Utah fans roaring and on their feet.
Utah forced a turnover and DeShawn Stevenson tied it at 80-all with two free throws, then Ostertag drew a foul and gave the Jazz a brief lead by going 1-for-2 from the line with 3:40 left.
The teams remained within three points of each other the rest of the way.
Shawn Bradley drove for a one-handed dunk that got the Mavericks to 89-88 in the final minute, but that was it for the Mavericks. Bell, who played for Dallas last season and had a career-high 25 points in 99-90 victory over the Mavs on Jan. 5, was perfect from the line to force Dallas into going for a3-pointer at the end. ^Notes: Nowitzki and Jazz G Raul Lopez got tangled early in the fourth quarter and the 7-foot Nowitzki took a wild swing as he broke loose. He missed the 6-foot, 160-pound point guard and was booed loudly. … The Mavericks placed guard Tony Delk on the injured list with a sprained left ankle and activated forward Eduardo Najera. … The Jazz signed center Mikki Moore … Utah rookiepoint guard Mo Williams did not dress because of a sprained left ankle.