Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/8/13
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gordon Hayward was razzed about his new haircut and neatly trimmed face Monday night. The Dallas Mavericks didn't find it too funny how the Utah Jazz's emerging player transformed from a shaggy-looking swingman into a baby-faced assassin on this day. Hayward scored 27 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked two shots to lead the Jazz to a 100-94 victory over the Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena. "Hayward had a great game. He hurt as all night long," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is a very athletic player. He is very skilled, and he understands how to play. He got us time and time again." Hayward hit a big 3-pointer with just over two minutes remaining to give the Jazz a seven-point cushion, then sank a couple of free throws in the final 44 seconds to help Utah hold on. Hayward's season-high scoring effort lifted the Jazz to their third win in four games and evened their record to 18-18 ahead of a three-game road trip bac...
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