Mavericks Can't Get Past Jazz

Big Utah run in the fourth ends Dallas' hopes for comeback win
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2008 12:42 AM CST
Mavericks Can't Get Past Jazz
Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) is transported out of the arena on a wheeled chair after being fouled by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter of NBA action on Monday, March 3, 2008, in Salt Lake City. Kirilenko was taken to a hospital for an examination. (AP Photo/Douglas...   (Associated Press)

Dallas lost its third consecutive game against a Western Conference division leader tonight, giving up 16 straight points during the fourth quarter in a 116-110 loss to Utah. The Mavericks, now 4-4 since acquiring point guard Jason Kidd, had trailed by 21 early in the game but managed to actually take a three-point lead before the Jazz' late spurt, reports AP.

Utah, now a league-best 26-3 at home, lost Andrei Kirilenko to a hip injury in the first quarter on a flagrant foul by Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki. His teammates picked up the slack, though, as Deron Williams had a whopping 20 assists, while Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur combined for 48 points. The Mavs sit seventh in the tough Western Conference. (More NBA stories.)

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