DALLAS (AP) -- Mike James scored a season-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the slumping Utah Jazz 113-108 Sunday night.
Vince Carter and Shawn Marion each had 15 points as the Mavericks moved within two games of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Enes Kanter scored 17 points as the Jazz lost their ninth straight on the road, Utah's longest such skid since losing 17 in a row away from home during the 1981-82 season. The Jazz's last road win was Feb. 13 at Minnesota.
The score was tied midway through the third before the 37-year-old James keyed a 20-2 run which bridged the third and fourth quarters.
James, who scored 12 points in the third quarter, joined Dallas on a 10-day contract on Jan. 8 before signing for the rest of the season three weeks later. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle inserted James into the starting lineup in place of Darren Collison on March 6, and the Mavericks have won eight of 11 since.