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“They didn’t seem like they were missing any shots in the first quarter,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “After that, we did a better job of staying closer to them.”

Samuel Dalembert made back-to-back baskets to tie the game and the Mavericks claimed a 20-18 lead on a Shawn Marion layup with 5:01 left. Dallas eventually made 16 straight baskets before finally missing a second shot.

Wayne Ellington had a jumper on first possession of the second quarter, giving the Mavericks a 41-26 lead.

“They just made shots,” Jazz point guard Trey Burke said. “I don’t think we just played awful defense. They hit open shots. Dirk hit shots. We expected him to make some tough shots, but they shot 94 percent in the first quarter. I don’t think it was a lot on our defense. They just made shots tonight.”

The Mavs never really cooled down before halftime. Dallas shot 70.3 percent (26 of 37) from the field in the first half, preventing the Jazz from mounting any sort of big rally.

Utah closed to 52-40 after Kanter made back-to-back baskets. Marion then scored on an alley-oop jam to stop the run. He and Ellis each scored a pair of baskets to boost the Dallas lead to 61-44 in the final minute before the break.

The Jazz made one more attempt to climb back into the game early in the third quarter. Utah trimmed Dallas‘ lead to 61-51 when Favors made a layup and Gordon Hayward drained a 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions.

Dallas responded by scoring on four straight possessions - culminating with a three-point play by Nowitzki - to take a 70-55 lead.

NOTES: Kanter registered his 21st double-double of the season. He is second on the team in that category behind Favors, who has 23. … Dallas has won five straight regular-season meetings with the Jazz after completing a 4-0 sweep this year.