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Utah Jazz: Corbin’s creativity pays off in win over Mavs
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) warms up before the Utah Jazz vs. The Dallas Mavericks game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) warms up before the Utah Jazz vs. The Dallas Mavericks game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Dallas and Utah warm up before the Utah Jazz vs. the Dallas Mavericks game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Dallas and Utah warm up before the Utah Jazz vs. the Dallas Mavericks game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Dallas and Utah warm up before the Utah Jazz vs. the Dallas Mavericks game, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) defends as Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) takes a shot, in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) takes a shot, as Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35) defends, in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks small forward Jae Crowder (9) in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) looks for a team mate as he grabs a rebound, as Dallas Mavericks point guard Rodrigue Beaubois (3) defends in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots over Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35) in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) defends as Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35) takes a shot, in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0)blocks a shot by Dallas Mavericks power forward Elton Brand (42), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) drives inside as Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter (25) trails behind in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8) goes one-on-one with Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison (4), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24)pressures Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap steals the ball from Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap steals the ball from Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) defends as Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35) shoots, in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots over Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35),  in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots over Dallas Mavericks center Chris Kaman (35),  in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) is fouled by Dallas Mavericks power forward Elton Brand (42), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin pleads with referee Zach Zarba (33), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10)deflects a pass to Dallas Mavericks small forward Jae Crowder (9), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) is fouled by Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison (4) as he brings the ball down court for, in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots overUtah Jazz point guard Randy Foye (8), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) pressures Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41),  in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots the ball over the long arm of Dallas Mavericks power forward Elton Brand (42), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) tries to stop Gordon Hayward (20) as he brings the ball down court, in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) snags a rebound from the hands of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots the ball over the long arm of Dallas Mavericks power forward Elton Brand (42), in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
(Rick Egan  | The Salt Lake Tribune)   

Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) brings the ball down court, as Dallas Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion (0) defends, in NBA action, at EnergySolutions Arena, Monday, January 7, 2013.
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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle accused the Jazz of “thugging it up,” no doubt talking about a play in the fourth quarter when Derrick Favors fell and pulled Dirk Nowitzki, who was playing in his eighth game of the season, down with him.

“I guess it just let Dallas know that we’re not going to be ran over,” Jefferson said.

But at no point was the Jazz’s poise and recently found toughness more evident than with 32.2 seconds left when Nowitzki beat Favors off the dribble, and Jefferson, not noted for his defense, slid over to draw a charge with the Jazz clinging to a 96-92 lead.

“He’s not as quick as he used to be,” Jefferson said, “and I’m pretty sure he’s not 100 percent yet, but he gave me enough time to jump over in front of him and take the contact.”

Nowitzki missed the Mavericks’ first 27 games after preseason knee surgery, but he led the Mavs with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

However, this game may best be remembered for Corbin’s bold decision to test a theory in a critical situation, although in the immediate aftermath of the win he deflected credit.

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“The guys have to do the job on the floor,” he said.

On Monday, they did.

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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In short Jazz 100, Mavericks 94

Gordon Hayward scores a season-high 27 points to lead the Jazz to their second win over the Mavericks this season.

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