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Utah Jazz hold off Dallas Mavericks' second-half comeback to secure third-straight win

The Utah Jazz (35-18) made it three wins in a row, fighting off the Dallas Mavericks' (32-22) second-half surge to secure a 123-119 win on the road.

Jordan Clarkson led the Jazz in scoring for the second-straight game, pouring in 25 points and eight assists off the bench, while Bojan Bogdanovic followed up his game-winning performance against Houston with 23 points.

Donovan Mitchell added 23 points of his own, while Rudy Gobert recorded his 41st double-double of the season with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

On the second night of a back-to-back, following their last-gasp win over Houston, the Jazz started the game on fire, scoring 32 points in the first quarter, doing the bulk of the damage inside as they scored 20 points in the paint.

They kept their foot on the gas in the second, outscoring the Mavs 39-26 in the period to take a comfortable 71-50 lead into the half, thanks to the dyanmic perimeter play of Bojan Bogdanovic, Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson,

Bogdanovic even brought the Harlem Globetrotter moves, catching Kristaps Porzingis with this between-the-legs move!

Playing their seventh-straight game without All-Star guard Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr. stepped up offensively, helping the Mavs go on a 30-12 run in the third quarter to cut the lead to as little as three points (83-80), with 4:41 to go.

He scored 14 of his 33 points int he third to breathe life back into the Mavs, before Jordan Clarkson and Emmanuel Mudiay took over for the Jazz, sparking a 17-4 run to close the period and give them 100-84 lead heading into the fourth.

The Mavs continued to chip away at the Jazz lead in the fourth, turning up the heat on the defensive end, getting to within five points with 2:41 remaining, before buckets from Rudy Gobert and Mitchell sealed the win.

The Mavs forced 21 turnovers, while only committing seven themselves, but the Jazz's red-hot shooting proved too much to overcome.

The Jazz shot 59 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three (15-of-35), getting plenty of easy looks inside, scoring 54 points in the paint and outrebounding the Mavs 45-26.

Kristaps Porzingis added 28 points and five rebounds for the Mavs, while Hardaway Jr. recorded 33 points on 12-of-18 from the field and 5-of-10 from three.

The Jazz will look to extend their win streak to four games, when they take on the Miami Heat on Thursday in their final game before the All-Star break, while the Mavs will host the Sacramento Kings on Thursday.

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