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Utah Jazz can’t stop Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
NBA » Mavericks’ star scores 40 points, cuts off Jazz’s rally.


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"I ain’t soft. I ain’t no punk. I ain’t going to let nobody try to outhustle me or out-tough me," Burks said. "I’m from Kansas City. I’m not scared of nobody."

Neither are the Jazz.

At a glance

Storylines Mavericks 102, Jazz 96

In short » The Jazz look worn out, make a late stand, but eventually fall to Dallas.

Key stat » Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scores 24 of Dallas’ 33 points during a game-changing run.

Key moment » The Mavs use a 10-0 early third-quarter blitz to put Utah in a deep hole.

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Corbin and Jefferson spent key portions of their postgame interviews saying they could live with the loss because of Utah’s strong fourth-quarter surge, since it set up a five-game road trip and proved once again the Jazz are tighter than ever after 36 games.

"With all the bad stuff that happened [Saturday], we still put ourselves in a position to win the game. ... That’s all you can ask for," Jefferson said.

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