Dirk Nowitzki scores 31 as Mavericks beat Jazz

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Dirk Nowitzki put up 31 points and notched 8 rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz, 108-101. The Mavericks had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 42-79 (53.2%) from the field, including 13-21 (61.9%) from beyond the arc. Dallas (39-27) gets one in the win column after losing to Golden State on Tuesday.

Nowitzki finished 12-14 (4-4 from three-point range) in a solid performance. Monta Ellis chipped in 16 points and 11 assists for Dallas as well. Despite the loss, Trey Burke scored 20 points for Utah on 8-18 shooting, including 3-9 from behind the arc. Enes Kanter added 18 points and 11 rebounds and Alec Burks finished with 13 points and 8 assists.

In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-octane offense of Dallas (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of Utah (ranked second in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.15 points per possession. The Mavericks combined an eFG% of 61.4% with 61.9% 3-point shooting. They are 14-5 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Jazz, on the other hand, are 1-11 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.

Utah (22-43) has now dropped three straight contests versus Dallas.

Coming up next, the Mavericks play the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 47-17 on the year. The Jazz go up against the Los Angeles Clippers, currently 45-20 this season. The Mavericks are 0-1 versus Oklahoma City this season. The Jazz have lost their last two meetings with Los Angeles.

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