Clarkson, perfect Gobert help Jazz beat Mavericks 123-119

DALLAS (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points before fouling out, Rudy Gobert stayed perfect from the floor against Dallas this season and the Utah Jazz beat the Mavericks 123-119 on Monday night.

Gobert was 7-of-7 shooting after making all eight attempts in Utah’s home victory last month. He finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds. The 7-foot-1 center has made 17 consecutive shots against Dallas going back to last Feb. 23.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored a season-high 33 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 28 for the Mavericks in their seventh straight game without injured All-Star point guard Luka Doncic.

The second-year sensation, who has a sprained right ankle, could return for the final game before the All-Star break. The Mavericks are 3-4 in their second stint without Doncic, both because of a right ankle sprain.

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Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece, with each hitting key baskets late in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz hang on after they led by 23 points in the first half.

Bogdanovic had a pair of clutch 3-pointers a night after the Croatian forward became the NBA’s first player with multiple buzzer-beaters this season, hitting a 3 that beat the Rockets in Houston 114-113.

Mitchell, who was 8 of 12, connected on a tough turnaround jumper for a late seven-point lead. Utah shot a season-high 59% and was 15 of 35 from long range.

Clarkson was 10 of 17 and had eight assists and five rebounds. He fouled out with four minutes remaining as the Jazz won their third straight game since a five-game losing streak that followed a 19-2 stretch.

Hardaway scored 14 points in the third quarter, when Dallas cut a 21-point halftime deficit to three before the Jazz finished the quarter on a 17-4 run.

TIP-INS

Jazz: PG Mike Conley missed the second night of a back-to-back for the second straight time, officially for injury recovery from right knee soreness. The Jazz might rest their 32-year-old starter on the back end of their four remaining back-to-backs. Conley also missed 19 games with a left hamstring strain. … Emmanuel Mudiay scored 12 points, and Joe Ingles matched Clarkson for the game high with eight assists.

Mavericks: Dallas has one of the best road records in the league at 18-8 but dropped to 14-14 at home. The loss to the Jazz was the fourth in the past five home games. … Seth Curry scored 15 points.

ASSIST OF THE NIGHT

Boban Marjanovic, the 7-4 Serb, bailed out the 7-3 Porzingis when his Latvian teammate couldn’t poke the ball out with the end of a broomstick when the ball got stuck in the shot clock apparatus behind a backboard.

Porzingis failed several times to dislodge the ball before Marjanovic wandered over from the bench and took over to the crowd’s cheers. They grew louder when Marjanovic succeeded on his first try.

UP NEXT

Each team is at home Wednesday for its final game before the All-Star break. Utah opens a season-long six-game homestand against Miami. Dallas plays Sacramento.

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