Mavs 96-85 Jazz !!
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Fantastic 4th: Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks surge past Jazz in record fashion.
Dirk scores 29 of Mavericks' 44 points in final period of 96-85 win
09:00 AM CST on Wednesday, November 4,2009
By EDDIE SEFKO/The Dallas Morning News
"On a drab, lifeless Tuesday night at American Airlines Center, everybody found out how quickly a dud can turn into a stud.
It happened with Dirk Nowitzki.
And it happened with a dull game that turned absolutely mesmerizing, thrilling and historic in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks looked dead for three quarters, and Nowitzki was searching for a pulse, too. Then, as if the paddles had jolted him back to life, Nowitzki dominated the fourth quarter, and the Mavericks pulled off a 27-point turnaround for a determined 96-85 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Nowitzki had 29 points in the fourth quarter, smashing the Mavericks' record for points in a quarter of 27 set by Mark Aguirre in the first period against Denver on March 24, 1984.
"We really couldn't get anything going for three quarters, and it was just ugly – there was a lid on the basket," Nowitzki said. "Defensively we were actually decent, but offensively we just couldn't get going, and then in the fourth quarter we just left it all out there and see what happens and it worked out for us."
Nowitzki had just 11 points after three quarters, when the Mavericks trailed, 67-52. The gap grew to 76-60 before Nowitzki went crazy.
He scored 23 of 25 Maverick points in one stretch, including a step-back jumper with 2:05 to go that put them ahead, 85-83.
"It was tremendous," Jason Terry said of Nowitzki's fourth quarter. "Dirk put us on his back and showed us why he's the MVP. We were in it defensively all night long. But offensively we struggled. It was getting to us. ... But we didn't let our defensive effort lack. I think that's what kept us in the game.
"We're making a point that, when the shot ain't falling – which it ain't – we got to get it done some way. Tonight was a great example."
Even with Nowitzki's big fourth quarter, the Mavericks still only shot 39.5 percent for the game. And for three quarters, they looked like they were ready to start their home portion of the schedule 0-2.
"To be honest, it wasn't looking great," coach Rick Carlisle said. "But we got out of here alive, and it's good to get that first win at home."
Added Jason Kidd: "To be honest, we haven't played well at home yet. We played well for one quarter and found a way to win. That [Nowitzki's run] was special."
They headed to New Orleans directly after the game for tonight's game against the Hornets and probably could have flown there without the plane. Certainly Nowitzki could have.
"I put it up there with a lot of the stuff [Larry] Bird pulled off," Carlisle said. "And some of the all-time greats. It was just phenomenal. And the rest of the guys knew where to get the ball and how to feed off him. It was something to behold."
He did get some help. Shawn Marion and Erick Dampier rebounded, and Jason Terry and Kidd contributed defensively and kept the flow going. Most important, everybody stayed out of Nowitzki's way."
With Drew Gooden (muscle strain, right ribs) out, Dampier has been seeing extended time and putting up numbers to match.
He had 12 rebounds, his third consecutive game of double-figure board work.
"He's been playing well all of training camp, and the two games in LA he was great," Jason Kidd said. "We have to build on that, get as much as we can out of him."
Quinton Ross (bruised back) left the game in the first half and did not return. He's listed as day-to-day, and did make the trip to New Orleans. ... J.J. Barea got the start at shooting guard in the third quarter. ... Nowitzki had only 11 points late in the third quarter and was in danger of seeing his string of consecutive 20-point games snapped at 28. However, he came alive down the stretch and surpassed 20 for the 29th straight game, the longest active streak in the league, stretching to last season. ... Nowitzki's 29 fourth-quarter points were four shy of the NBA record of 33 for a quarter. That mark is shared by San Antonio Spurs legend George Gervin and Denver's Carmelo Anthony. CLOSE TO PERFECT
Dirk Nowitzki was quite efficient in scoring 29 fourth-quarter points, a franchise record for a quarter.