The Jazz knocked off the Dallas Mavericks 125-109 in what might be Dirk Nowitzki’s final trip to Salt Lake City. Nowitzki poured in 15 points, including three three pointers, but the Mavericks were to shorthanded to fend off the tired Jazz.
The Jazz looked sluggish at times against Dallas after a double overtime loss last night to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but a hot shooting fourth quarter from Joe Ingles fended off a late Mavericks push. Ingles finished with 18 points, including five made three pointers.
The Jazz starting backcourt of Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio contributed 25 points each, and added a combined 12 rebounds and 11 assists. After an extremely rough eight turnover performance from Rubio at OKC, he showed a much needed bounce back.
Part of the Jazz big push last season after the All-Star break was an enormous uptick in the shooting percentages of Rubio, if he can replicate what he showed tonight, making 8-14 shots from the floor.
The Jazz now have a long rest before facing the Clippers Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.