01/09/2007 Mavericks @ Utah

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MAVERICKS 108 | JAZZ 105 Mavs beat the Jazz, 108-105 The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY - Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 38 points, including two free throws with 10.2 remaining, to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 108-105 on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki, who has averaged more than 30 points in his last six games, scored 25 in the second half as the Mavs avenged a 101-79 loss to Utah on Dec. 11, when they shot a season-low 37.7 percent.

The Mavs had no trouble this time, as they made 53 percent of their field goals and handed the Jazz their just their third home loss of the season.

Swingman Jerry Stackhouse was kicked out of the game after getting called for his second flagrant foul. He also was hit with a technical in the first half for an argument with Utah coach Jerry Sloan.

Josh Howard scored 21 points and Jason Terry shook off a recent slump to score 11 of his 18 in the fourth quarter. The Mavs, who have the NBA's best record at 28-8, bounced back after falling 101-98 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, breaking their 13-game win streak that began the game after the last loss to Utah.

The Jazz, who were led by Carlos Boozer's 29 points, shot just 8-of-21 in the final period after hitting 57 percent to that point.

The Jazz led 94-91 on Derek Fisher's 3-pointer to beat the shot clock. But Terry's free throws capped an 11-3 run as the Mavs held the Jazz without a field goal for more than 4 minutes to take a 102-97 lead with 2:38 to play.

Utah had three chances to draw even in the last minute after Josh Howard missed a layup and two tip attempts, Devin Harris threw a bad pass and Nowitzki inexplicably drove for a layup and missed before the final buzzer.

But the Jazz could not convert any of their last-minute 3-point attempts, including Mehmet Okur's desperation turnaround shot when Utah inbounded with just 0.3 seconds to play.

Harris scored 14 points.