Beaubois, Odom Lead Mavs Past Jazz
DALLAS (AP) – Roddy Beaubois had a season-high 22 points and Lamar Odom added 19 points, his most since joining the Mavericks at the start of the season, to lead Dallas to a 116-101 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Beaubois made his first start of the season, subbing for Delonte West, who was out with a strained right hamstring.
Odom has been struggling since his departure from the Los Angeles Lakers, but he made three 3-pointers and was 7 for 12 from the floor to help the Mavs to a season-high for points.
Odom has been starting in place of the team’s top scorer, Dirk Nowitzki, sidelined for a fourth straight game while he improves his conditioning and gets treatment for a sore right knee.
Nowitzki has been through multiple conditioning sessions each day and could be back for Sunday’s home game against San Antonio.
“I’d think (on Saturday) we’ll know more for sure where we’re at,” coach Rick Carlisle said of Nowitzki’s status for Sunday.
Carlisle has said Nowitzki could be sidelined longer than the projected four games if he doesn’t show enough progress.
Jason Terry contributed 18 points, Shawn Marion had 16 points and Brendan Haywood added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas.
Paul Millsap’s 20 points and Al Jefferson’s 19 paced the Jazz, who’ve lost six in a row to the Mavericks and three of four overall.
Dallas starting point guard Jason Kidd left in the first quarter with a strained right calf and did not return.
Kidd, who missed four games earlier in the season with a back injury, went to the bench less then three minutes after the opening tip and headed for the locker room. He was soon ruled out for the rest of the night.
Reserve Vince Carter returned for the Mavericks after missing five games with a sprained left foot. He chipped in with 12 points.
The Mavs surged to a 77-63 lead early in the third quarter on Terry’s 3-pointer.
But Millsap scored nine points during his team’s 13-4 run to narrow the deficit to 81-76 with 1:58 remaining in the third.
Dallas carried an 88-82 lead into the final quarter, then put the game away with a 17-7 run.
The spurt included consecutive 3-pointers by Odom and was capped by Marion’s runner in the lane with 5:15 remaining for a 105-89 lead.
Beaubois scored 16 points in the first half — going 7 for 9 from the field and hitting both 3-point tries — to lead the Mavs to a 58-50 edge at the break.
Beaubois’ previous season high was 17 points in a 94-91 victory at Utah on Jan. 19.
NOTES: G Raja Bell (sore right knee and back) and Jefferson (sore right ankle) had been questionable for the Jazz, but both started. … Beaubois’ career high is 40 points at Golden State on March 27, 2010 at Golden State.
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