SALT LAKE CITY - Reserve Jason Terry scored five of his 22 points in a 13-0 fourth-quarter run to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 94-77 victory Saturday night over Utah and hand the slumping Jazz its fifth straight loss.
The win gave the Mavs their first series sweep of the Jazz since the 2004-2005 season.
Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points and ran his consecutive free throw mark to 72.
The Jazz took a 60-58 lead into the fourth quarter, and led 70-68 with 6:21 left on Raja Bell’s 20-foot jumper. But the Mavs went on a 13-0 run.
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Jose Barea and Terry started it with back-to-back 3-pointers, Shawn Marion then stole the ball and dunked at the other end for a 76-70 lead. Tyson Chandler capped the run with a three-point play.
Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 21 points, but was ejected in the final minute.
Utah scored just 30 points in the second half after leading 22-20 after the first quarter and 47-43 at halftime.
The Jazz started strong, forcing 12 Dallas turnovers in the first half. Starters C.J. Miles, Jefferson and Paul Millsap were a combined 15 of 22 (68.2 percent) in the first half. But Utah finished a combined 22 of 47, with Miles continuing his 3-point shooting slump with a 1-for-5 effort.
Utah entered Saturday’s game four games behind eighth-placed Memphis with nine games remaining.
Johnson injured: Atlanta All-Star guard Joe Johnson strained his right thumb against New Jersey in the third quarter and spent the rest of the game on the bench.
Fastbreaks: The Suns say Marcin Gortat’s broken nose – suffered Friday against New Orleans – was “manipulated” back into place, but he’s questionable for tonight’s game against Dallas. Miami’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who missed eight games with an infected foot, is expected to play today against Houston. New Orleans signed Patrick Ewing Jr. to a 10-day contract. New Jersey guard Quinton Ross (back injury) will likely miss the rest of the season.