HARRISON Barnes took over in overtime to lead the Dallas Mavericks comeback from 21 points down and shock the Utah Jazz, 112-105, at the American Airlines Center on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
With Jazz top big man Rudy Gobert fouling out late in regulation, Barnes relentlessly attacked the basket in overtime, scoring eight of his 31 points in the extra period to break the Mavs out of a two-game skid and improve to 21-32.
Barnes and Devin Harris teamed up for a 9-3 start in overtime, before Boris Diaw got the Jazz within four, 109-105, with 55 ticks to play in extra time. But Barnes sealed Dallas’ incredible comeback with a floater on the ensuing possession and the Utah gunners turned cold until the final buzzer.
Dallas trailed by 21 points, 61-48, at the 7:11 mark in the third before Wes Matthews led a Mavs resurgence to cut the gap down to 10 at the end of the period.
Then a 17-8 start in the fourth got the Mavs within one, before Gordon Hayward stepped up on offense to push the lead back to five for Utah, 96-91, with 1:47 to play in the period.
But Seth Curry tied the game at 96 with a three-point play and a layup with 0:59 seconds remaining in the quarter before Gobert had back-to-back dunks, the last one off a steal by Joe Johnson, to put Utah on top, 100-96, with 21 ticks left in regulation.
With an away-from-play foul, Gobert fouled out although Dirk Nowitzki missed the bonus free throw. Barnes gave Dallas some hope with a strong drive to the hoop for the slam and got the ball back after a Jazz turnover. Nowitzki then hit a baseline jumper that sent the game into overtime as Hayward’s heave missed as time expired.
Nowitzki finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Curry added 16 markers. Matthews chipped in 15 and Harris scored 13 off the Mavs bench.
Hayward had a season-high 36 points for Utah, who saw their four-game win run end and fall to 34-20. Joe Ingles added 16 while Gobert finished with a double-double of 15 markers and 15 rebounds.