Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 36 points Thursday night, but the Utah Jazz couldn’t pull out the road victory in overtime, falling 112-105 to the Dallas Mavericks.
Gordon tallied a season-high 36 points, adding four rebounds, an assist and a steal along the way. The Jazz were in control most of the night, but they were outscored 32-22 in the fourth quarter of the loss.
“I felt like we played well up to a point tonight and then we just didn’t,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We just weren’t smart and we didn’t maintain our focus and Dallas, they’ve done that. They do that. They’re a good team.”
G-Time got the Jazz on the scoreboard with a 3-pointer on his first shot of the game. The rest of the half No. 20 added 11 points and helped lead the Jazz to a 12 point halftime lead.
The third quarter is where Hayward and the Jazz took off. On consecutive possessions, Gordon dished to Rudy Gobert, then followed it up with a steal and a fast-break dunk. Shortly thereafter, Joe Ingles nabbed a steal and fed No. 20 on the wing for a 3-pointer. Later, he added a layup underneath and a tip-in alley-oop off a Gobert setup. Finally, he knocked down yet another trey from the right wing to put the Jazz up 21.
From there the script drastically changed, as Dallas came marching back to give Utah a fight. The Mavericks quickly went on a 13-2 run and outscored the Jazz by 10 in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.
Hayward scored six points in the fourth quarter, but a Dirk Nowitzki fadeaway tied the game at 100 led to overtime. Gordon had the chance to win the game for the Jazz, but was just off the mark on a corner 3-pointer as time expired in regulation. In overtime, Hayward scored three of Utah’s five points, but the Mavericks outscored the Jazz 12-5 in the period.
Up next the Jazz start a three-game homestand against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.