The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz 118-68 Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center. The 50-point victory over the Jazz (118-68) was the team’s third 50-point win in franchise history (53, 123-70, vs. Philadelphia 11/13/14; 50, 128-78, at New York 1/24/10).
Dallas held Utah to only 22 points in the second half (the Mavericks outscored the Jazz 60-22 after intermission). It marked the fewest points by a Dallas opponent in any half in franchise history. The previous low for points in any half by a Mavericks opponent was 23, by Sacramento, in the first half, on 1/14/12. The previous low for second-half points by a Dallas opponent was 24 at Philadelphia on 2/17/12.
For the 14th year, the Dallas Mavericks, American Airlines and Nick & Sam’s partnered to host Seats for Soldiers, a one-of-a-kind experience for our nation’s military heroes. More than 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio joined veterans from the Adaptive Training Foundation and reserve troops from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to enjoy courtside seats at the Mavericks vs. Jazz game tonight at American Airlines Center. With the win, Dallas improved to 12-2 (.857) all- time in Seats for Soldiers games.
With the win, the Mavericks have now won three straight and four of their last five games.
The Mavericks have also won three straight games at home. They’ve led by at least 24 points in each of those three games. Dallas improved to 5-2 at home this season.
Six players scored between 11 and 19 points for Dallas in the win: Harrison Barnes (19), J.J. Barea (14), Luka Dončić (13), Dwight Powell (13) and Dorian Finney-Smith (11).
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes scored a team-high 19 points in 26 minutes. Barnes, who had a season-high (team-high) 23 points at Chicago on 11/12, led Dallas in scoring for the second straight game, after he failed to lead the team in scoring in each of his first eight games this season.
Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan pulled down a game-high-tying 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. He grabbed 10-plus boards for the 13th time in Dallas’ first 14 games of the season. He also led the Mavericks in rebounding for the 13th time this season.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert posted his 13th double-double of the season (in Utah’s 14th game of the year) with 10 points and a team- high 10 boards in 26 minutes.
The Mavericks’ largest lead tonight was their margin of victory (50). Prior to tonight, Dallas’ biggest lead in any game this season was 26 at Atlanta on 10/24. However, tonight marked the fourth time the Mavericks have led by as many as 24 points in a game this year.
The Mavericks used a 15-2 run in the opening quarter to turn a five-point deficit (18-13) into an eight-point lead (28-20). Dallas never trailed the rest of the game.
Dirk Nowitzki, who has been recovering from left ankle surgery, remained out for Dallas. Raul Neto (right hamstring injury) missed the game for Utah due to injury.
The attendance for today’s game was 19,371. The Mavericks have now sold out 685 consecutive regular-season home games, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The streak began on 12/15/01 and Dallas has sold out an additional 67 playoff games during that same stretch.
The Mavericks’ next game is vs. Golden State on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. CT