Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/1/12
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz made three key acquisitions this past offseason, trading for Mo Williams and Marvin Williams and signing free agent Randy Foye. So far, so good for Utah on those moves. The three newcomers played significant roles and the team's defense stepped up in the second half as the Jazz ran away with a 113-94 season-opening victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night at EnergySolutions Arena. The Williamses led the Jazz, with Mo and Marvin each scoring 21 points and playing key roles in a game-changing 18-2 run to end the third quarter. "They have been super all training camp and it's going to transfer all season long," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said of the Williamses. "These guys are very proud guys. They are true professionals." Foye, who most recently played for the Clippers, finished with 13 points and was among six Jazz players to hit double figures in scoring. Foye hit a pair of three-pointers to give the Jazz a 16-point lead with 7:29 remaining in the fourth. That came after the Mavs scored the first four points of the final period. "When you get beat by 24 in a quarter, that is a convincing beating," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "We just didn't match their aggression in the third and that was the difference in the game." Thanks to that second-half domination, the Jazz forced Dallas into 37.6 percent shooting while outscoring the Mavs 58-31. Utah also outrebounded Dallas 61-40, getting double-digit boards from Paul Millsap (13 points, 15 rebounds), Al Jefferson (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Derrick Favors (six points, 10 rebounds). "Yeah, this is probably the toughest team to deal with on the boards because they come with waves of energy out of their big men," Carlisle said. "We got off to a bad start. I mean, Millsap had six offensive rebounds in the first five minutes and it didn't get a lot better from there." Point guard Daren Collison led the Mavericks (1-1) with 17 points, seven assists and four rebounds. Center Brendan Wright scored 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting and Shawn Marion grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds. This was the second road game in as many nights for shorthanded Dallas, which beat the Lakers 99-91 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. For the second night in a row, the Mavericks were without star big man Dirk Nowitzki (knee). Dallas took a 63-55 lead into the locker room, but the Jazz answered back with a strong two-way effort in the third quarter. In that pivotal period, Utah outscored the Mavericks 37-13. The game was tied at 74 when Mo Williams hit back-to-back three-pointers and scored on a drive to swing the momentum in Utah's direction. Marvin Williams capped an 11-0 run with a three-pointer. He and Foye then scored again to end the third quarter on a strong note for the Jazz. "I thought in the third quarter our defense picked up," Corbin said. "And 1-5 everybody out on the floor understood at halftime we were better than what we demonstrated in that second quarter and took it upon themselves to play better than second half." Dallas guard Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo took their turns from out deep in the first half. Collison led all Mavs' scorers in the opening half with 13 points, including two three-pointers. Mayo went on a three-spree, drilling a trio of three-pointers in the first half, including a bomb just before the break to put Dallas ahead 63-55. Despite flying to Utah after Tuesday's opening-night win in Los Angeles, the Mavericks came out on fire. Dallas shot 54.8 percent in the opening half, including a blistering 10-for-16 from three-point range. Utah came out flat from the field. The Jazz only went 19-for-44 and were outscored 37-30 in the second quarter. Millsap had a rough shooting first half (2-for-9), but he grabbed 13 rebounds in his first 20 minutes. Enes Kanter, who lost 51 pounds during the offseason, scored two quick buckets upon entering the game. He was forced out temporarily, however, after taking a hit on his chin that required three stitches. The first half had a flurry of technical fouls. Mo Williams was slapped with a technical just four minutes into the game. The Mavs were then assessed two defensive three-seconds calls, with the Jazz being penalized once for the infraction. NOTES: Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan attended the game, one of the few the Hall of Famer has been to since his surprise retirement in February 2011. ... Dallas big man Chris Kaman (calf) didn't play for the second night in a row. ... The Jazz were without two veterans. Point guard Earl Watson continues to rehab from right knee surgery, while estranged shooting guard Raja Bell remains away from the team until a resolution on the final year of his contract is made. ... Mavericks forward Jae Crowder is the son of former Jazz player Corey Crowder, who was Utah coach Tyrone Corbin's teammate in 1991-92.
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