RUDY Gobert capped his career-game with a crucial offensive rebound that led to Joe Johnson’s pivotal triple in overtime as the Utah Jazz got a tough 112-107 win over the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Gobert had career-highs in points (27) and rebounds (25) but nearly cost the Jazz the win after missing a pair of free throws with Utah trailing 107-104 at the 1:50 mark of the extra period. But he got the board off the second missed charity, and Utah eventually tied the game with Johnson’s clutch three.
Deron Williams, who had scored on Dallas’ two previous possessions, came up empty in the next play, and Joe Ingles put Utah ahead for good with two free throws. Gobert sealed the win with three more charities as the Mavs were held scoreless in the final two minutes of overtime.
The French center put Utah up 98-95 with 36 seconds remaining in regulation, but Seth Curry came in for an injured JJ Barea to sink the triple that forced the extra period.
Gordon Hayward had 26 points to help Utah go up to 28-16 with its fifth straight win. Johnson added 15 markers off the bench.
Harrison Barnes led seven players in double figures for Dallas with 19 points. Williams and Curry scored 16 and 15 markers, respectively. Dirk Nowitzki shot just 1-of-13 to end up with just three points but had a season-high 10 rebounds.