Gordon Hayward dropped a team-high 22 points Friday in Dallas, but it wasn’t enough to give the Utah Jazz a win.
The Utah Jazz (6-6) were unable to stop the Dallas Mavericks (9-4) and their five-game winning streak, as the Mavericks extended their winning streak to six straight games in a 102-93 win Friday. G-Time saw several familiar faces across the court in the defeat.
Former Jazz point guard Deron Williams led all scorers with 23 points. Other former Jazzmen currently with the Mavs include Devin Harris, Wes Matthews and Jeremy Evans, with whom Gordon still considers a close friend.
“It was good to have a friend on a team like him, especially with us being so young,” G-Time said of Evans. “He was someone that you could talk to and hang with and go through NBA life with. I’m thankful I had him in my life, I wish him the very best and he’s someone who will always be my friend…I told him not to see me in the open court tonight.”
Unfortunately, Gordon didn’t get to see his old friend one-on-one on the floor. Evans logged just 17 seconds of playtime. But No. 20 added seven rebounds, four assists and a steal to go along with his 22 points, including the first two of the game for his team.
After an early deuce, he buried his first three-pointer from the wing midway through the first quarter to put the Jazz up 16-11. Dallas made its run and took a three-point lead later in the frame. Gordon knotted it back at 19 though, when he knocked down a three off the glass at the end of the shot clock with just two minutes left in the half. Alec Burks then closed the quarter with a three ball of his own to give Utah a 26-21 advantage after one.
The Jazz lead reached seven after buckets from Derrick Favors and Burks, but the Mavericks went on a 25-11 run to close out the quarter. Gordon knocked down two mid-range jumpers to try to quell the run, but as a whole, the Jazz went cold and trailed by 13 going into the break.
“The second quarter is where we lost the game,” Gordon said. “I thought we played really well in the first quarter, but we were fighting out of a hole for the rest of the game. We played 36 minutes of basketball, not 48. It’s tough to lose like that.”
The Mavericks picked up where they left off in the third quarter, extending the lead to 20 at the 6:08 mark after a three by Williams, but the Jazz then battled back. Utah went on a 15-2 run, which included a silky fallaway baseline jumper from Gordon, as well as a fast-break dunk by the star swingman. That spurt helped Utah pull within single digits, 80-71, at the end of the third quarter.
Gordon checked in for the fourth at the 7:24 mark with the Jazz down five, but a few turnovers early in the half prevented Utah from slicing further into the lead. G-Time knocked down four free throws and had a pair of assists, but Dallas just kept Utah at arm’s length. Both teams went 9-of-19 and had 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavs closed out the win on their home floor.
“It’s a hard place to win,” Utah head coach Quin Snyder said. “It’s a place where a lot of teams have had problems winning in.”
The Jazz (6-6) return home to face Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder (8-6) Monday.
OKC ended the Mavericks’ six-game losing streak Sunday, winning a tight, high-scoring game 117-114. Kevin Durant has been out with injury, and it is uncertain whether he will return against the Jazz.
Utah and OKC split four meetings last year, and they split at each venue as well. Gordon averaged 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals through those four meetings.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT from Vivint Smart Home Arena and will air on ROOT Sports.
- Game Book: Jazz at Mavs (NBA, Nov. 20, 2015)
- Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans rekindle their friendship—sort of (Deseret News, Nov. 20, 2015)
- Ex-teammates Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans meet as opponents (Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 20, 2015)
- Pachulia’s strong play helps Mavs ease past Jazz (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Nov. 20, 2015)
- Dallas Mavericks hold off Jazz, 102-93 (Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 20, 2015)