SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Rudy Gobert gave Utah the lead with an alley-oop dunk with 11.0 seconds left and the Jazz held off the Dallas Mavericks 100-99 on Saturday in Game 4 to tie the series of the first round.
Spencer Dinwiddie missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Dallas.
Utah held the Mavericks to 18 points in the fourth quarter after giving up a double-digit second-half lead. Dallas made just two field goals in the first seven minutes of the fourth and shot 33% overall in the quarter.
“This is the team we want to be,” Gobert said. “It’s who we are.”
Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points for Utah, Donovan Mitchell added 23 points and seven assists. Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 15 rebounds — 10 on offensive glass. He was 3 of 8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and 9 of 18 overall.
Dallas star Luka Doncic had 30 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in his return from a three-game absence with a strained left calf.
“Catch my breath,” said Doncic. “A bit tired now but it was great to be back.”
Jalen Brunson added 23 points and Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell and Reggie Bullock had 11 points each.
Game 5 is Monday night in Dallas.
“We were down 12 points at halftime and we stayed the course, and it comes down to the last possession,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “If you’re on the road in the playoffs and it comes down to the last game, you couldn’t ask for a better situation.”
After going 3½ minutes without a basket, the Jazz took a 95-94 lead on Mitchell’s layup with 1:27 to play. Doncic responded with back-to-back baskets to put Dallas up 99-95.
Mitchell converted a three-point play to put Utah within one. Powell missed a pair of free throws with 19.8 seconds left, opening the door for Gobert’s winner.
The Jazz doubled Doncic on final possession, forcing him to send Dinwiddie out on the right wing for a failed 3-point shot.
“We didn’t execute it really well,” said Doncic.
Utah led by 16 points before halftime. The Jazz took a 51-35 lead after a big second quarter from Clarkson. He scored baskets on three straight possessions to help Utah build a double-digit lead.
Dallas erased the deficit in the third quarter behind a hot outside shot. The Mavericks went 8 of 10 from long range in the quarter and took a 74-71 lead when Finney-Smith and Brunson scored 3 points on four straight possessions to power a 12-2 run.
“I thought the way we responded to that wasn’t like a blitzkrieg-type response,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “It was a long-term response that requires more mental strength. You can’t just take a leap and suddenly pick it up. You have to grind it.
Utah attempted 42 free throws to Dallas’ 23 attempts. The Jazz shot just 26 of 42 from the line, in part because of Gobert’s struggles. The sheer volume of free throw attempts for Utah was unacceptable to Doncic.
“It’s hard to win a game when you give them 42 free throws,” said Doncic. “We have to stop the fouls.”
Bojan Bogdanovic has a knack for making critical plays in attack. In Game 4, Bogdanovic had his biggest impact defensively. He kept Doncic and Brunson on plenty of property, sometimes staying with them at 94 feet while going through screens.
His defensive energy kept both players in check during the first quarter and inspired his teammates to increase their defensive energy levels as well.
“Honestly, when you have a guy like him committing from the start of the game – he didn’t tell us, he just went out and did it with his effort – you don’t want to leave that to anyone. land,” Mitchell said. “The crowd felt it. We felt it.
“It didn’t start with free throws. It started from the first minute of play.” – Gobert on the bench for the Mavericks mocking him on the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Mavericks: Finney-Smith scored his 11 points in the third quarter. . Brunson is averaging 29.8 points per game during the playoffs. . Dallas went 5 of 24 from 3-point range in the first half. . Maxi Kleber fouled with 4:19 to go.
Jazz: Mitchell has been limited to three baskets in the last three quarters. He went 3 of 14 from the field in that stretch. . Utah beat Dallas 35-13 in bench points.
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