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3 keys to the Utah Jazz’s 120-116 loss to the Dallas Mavericks

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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic drives to the basket.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) works for a shot against Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio (16) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 7, 2023, in Dallas.

Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

DALLAS — The Utah Jazz fell to 31-35 on the season with a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Despite being without Walker Kessler (non-COVID illness), Jordan Clarkson (finger sprain) and Collin Sexton (left hamstring strain), the Jazz put up a fight against Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving and the Mavericks and were right in the game down to the wire, but the Mavs were able to come away with a 120-116 win.

Here are three keys that contributed to the Jazz’s loss:

  • In the final moments, the Jazz were on the wrong end of a couple of calls and situations that ended up going in the Mavericks’ favor. Kris Dunn was called for a foul on Irving as he was shooting a 3-pointer, which was three foul shots for Irving. Jazz head coach Will Hardy challenged the call and after a long review the challenge was unsuccessful. That left the Jazz without a timeout for the final handful of possessions and the Mavericks took advantage of that with smart plays.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. had an incredible shooting night for Dallas, hitting 7 of 9 3-pointers for 24 points off the bench. The Jazz finally had a game on this trip where they were shooting the ball fairly well from 3 (34.1%), but the Mavericks hit 42.2% of their attempts from deep.
  • The Jazz had a great game from Lauri Markkanen, who finished with a game-high-tying 33 points and had really well-balanced contributions from Talen Horton-Tucker, Dunn and Rudy Gay, but there were some late turnovers and the Mavericks did a good job of splitting the Jazz’s double team at the end of the game to come out on top.