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
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,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.