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Utah Jazz dig in, toughen up, turn season around
Jazz » Team has rebounded from disappointing start; now second in Western Conference.


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But at the center of Utah’s turnaround has been toughness. A new-world team that plays selfless, old-school ball. Ego dragged down the 2010-11 Jazz. Communication, chemistry and confidence are moving Corbin’s vision forward.

"It’s getting there and the guys are buying into it," he said. "They understand how to push each other. … They understand that if a guy [gets] on another guy or a guy says something to encourage them, then it’s all about winning and it’s all about being together and pushing each other."

At a glance

Sudden turnaround

After starting 1-3, the Jazz have won eight of nine and jumped to second place in the Western Conference. Utah is 7-1 at home and hasn’t lost back-to-back games since Dec. 27-28.

Running hot

Date Opponent Result

Jan. 2 Hornets W, 94-90

Jan. 3 Bucks W, 85-73

Jan. 6 Grizzlies W, 94-85

Jan. 7 @Warriors W, 88-87

Jan. 10 Cavaliers W, 113-105

Jan. 11 Lakers L, 90-87 (OT)

Jan. 14 Nets W, 107-94

Jan. 15 @Nuggets W, 106-96

Jan. 17 Clippers W, 108-79

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With the push, the rebuilding Jazz have suddenly become the second-best team in the Western Conference.

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Mavericks at Jazz

At EnergySolutions Arena

Tipoff » 8:30 p.m.

TV » TNT

Radio » 1320 AM, 1600 AM, 98.7 FM

Records » Mavericks 8-6, Jazz 9-4

Last meeting » Mavericks, 94-77 (March 27, 2010)

About the Mavericks » Dallas had won five of six entering a road game Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. … Guard Vince Carter returned to Dallas on Wednesday to have his sprained left foot examined. … The Mavericks entered Wednesday ranked third out of 30 teams in average points allowed (88.5), while Dirk Nowitzki topped Dallas in scoring (17.9).

About the Jazz » Utah entered Wednesday ranked in the top 15 in points (95.7), rebounds (42.9), assists (21.3) and points allowed (93.5), while the Jazz were second in blocks (6.6) and tied for third in turnovers (13.6). … Seven Jazz players are averaging at least 8.1 points. … Paul Millsap is averaging 22.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 62.3 percent from the field during his last five games.



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