MAVS 103 UTAH 93
It ended up being closer than some hoped it would, but the Mavericks held on for their fourth straight win and improved to 7-0 at home on the season.
Dallas held the Jazz to 34 first-half points, and no Utah starter scored more than 13 points for the game. The Jazz did come back with a 59-45 second half, including cutting the lead to five with less than five minutes to play, thanks largely to Marvin Williams’ 19.
But the Mavs countered with at least 18 points from three players, led by 26 from Monta Ellis. Dirk Nowitzki had 18.
One thing that might have Mavs fans holding their breath for the moment is Samuel Dalembert. After finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Dalembert was holding his ribs in pain as he left the floor.
LEGENDS 100 FORT WAYNE 99
Chris Douglas-Roberts missed on one chance to win the game for the Legends, but he didn’t miss when the visiting Mad Ants handed his team an opportunity, allowing the Legends to get a season-opening win.
After Douglas-Roberts missed a jumper with three seconds left, the Mad Ants made the mistake of calling a timeout they didn’t have. Douglas-Roberts calmly went to the free throw line after the technical foul and sank the free throw with less than a second to go.
That shot allowed Douglas-Roberts to finish the game with 21 points, including 6 of the Legends’ 18 second-half points – just enough to hang on.
Texas built an 82-70 lead after three periods, only to see Fort Wayne come all the way back, with Ron Howard getting the last of his 19 points to tie the game with 17 seconds left.
Devin Ebanks also had 20 for the Legends.
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