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J.J. Barea, of course, leads the Dallas Mavericks past the Utah Jazz

DALLAS — The Utah Jazz, who’ve played six games in the past nine nights, need a break.

Perfect timing.

Rudy Gobert, Trey Burke and Dante Exum have some official NBA business to attend to this weekend, but the rest of the team is off for almost a week.

See ya next Wednesday.

The Jazz flirted with going into All-Star weekend on a three-game winning streak, but their comeback effort came up just short in an 87-82 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday at American Airlines Center.

“I don’t think our bags were packed. I think we just weren’t tough. We weren’t tough with the ball,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “The game was a little more physical. It knocked us off and we were playing east-west as opposed to north-south.”

The Jazz trailed by as many as 13 points but had a chance to send the game into overtime, trailing by three with the ball and 13.4 seconds remaining.

The last Jazz play will especially gnaw at several Jazz players.

Burke said he was out of position, and Gordon Hayward ended up dancing around the perimeter until driving and passing the ball behind Derrick Favors.

Mavericks guard Monta Ellis grabbed the loose ball, and J.J. Barea ended up at the free-throw line where he sank two tries to seal the win for Dallas.

Snyder said the first look was for veteran sharpshooter Steve Novak, who’s had the hot hand of late.

Burke was also an option in the other corner, but things just fell apart. Hayward said he probably should’ve just sized up his defender and attempted a shot. Regardless, the breakdown and loss will bother him for a couple of days.

“The execution wasn’t where we wanted it to be,” Snyder said of that play. “The transition wasn’t exactly where it was when we looked at it before. We didn’t do as good of a job as we should have. It could have been a quick two or 3.”

Despite being upset about that play, Hayward said there were bigger reasons why the team lost.

Two big culprits: An 11-for-21 performance from the free-throw line and 19 team turnovers that led to 21 points for the Mavericks.

“When you miss that many free throws and have that many turnovers, it’s always going to be hard to win,” Novak said. “I think we played well enough, but they just made the right plays at the end.”

Another biggie? “There’s a lot of things,” Hayward said. For instance: “Letting J.J. get hot.”

That’s right.

Barea, of all people, went off in the third quarter, scoring 13 straight points for the Mavericks shortly after the Jazz took a very quick one-point lead.

“It was great. My teammates were telling me to keep shooting,” said Barea, whose previous season-high was 17 points during a season in which he was let go by Minnesota and re-signed with Dallas. “They kept giving me the ball and the ball just kept going in. I got going a little bit, and that was big for us in the third quarter.”

The 6-foot Barea ended up scoring a game-high 22 points.

Dirk Nowitzki, named a last-second All-Star replacement for injured Anthony Davis, was the only other Dallas player in double figures with 15 points.

Five different Jazz players hit double digits, topped by Burke’s 16 points.

Hayward flirted with a triple-double, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds and eight assists. He also had a game-high six turnovers.

Enes Kanter, who was frustrated in the locker room after the game and has told the Jazz he hopes to be traded by next week’s deadline, finished with six points and 10 rebounds.

The Jazz won’t reconvene again until next Wednesday night for a practice. They next play two days later against Portland, giving them a week and a half between games.

“It’s a good time for a break for everybody. It’s been a long season,” Hayward said after the Jazz fell to 19-34. “Hopefully we can get away and get some juice back. Kind of let your mind think about something else for a little bit, so we can finish up strong.”

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