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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz forward Richard Jefferson (24) tries to get past Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during first half action in the Jazz versus Mavericks NBA basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Utah Jazz: Nowitzki makes history in Mavs’ win over Jazz
First Published Apr 08 2014 06:32 pm • Last Updated Apr 09 2014 09:46 am

Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and Monta Ellis added 16 to lead Dallas to a 95-83 victory over the Jazz on Tuesday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

On the Mavs’ opening possession of the fourth quarter, Nowitzki hit an 18-footer from the right angle. The jumper gave him 26,711 points and moved him past Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

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The Jazz started quickly against the Mavs. They made their first six shots and took a 13-6 lead.

After a time-out, however, Nowitzki scored six straight points. He triggered a 24-8 run, which gave the Mavericks a 30-21 lead.

After making 16 of 17 shots, Dallas took a 39-25 lead lead into the second quarter.

The Mavericks seemed close to breaking away when they built a 56-40 lead with three minutes left. But Richard Jefferson, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors scored to keep Utah in the game.

In the third quarter, the Jazz used a dunk by Jeremy Evans to get as close as 67-55. But Nowitzki’s three-point play started a 10-2 run that put the Mavericks back in control.

Enes Kanter led the Jazz with 15 points and a season-high 18 rebounds.

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