George Hill scores 25, Jazz beat Mavericks 97-81
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) George Hill scored 25 points and the Utah Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks 97-81 on Wednesday night.
Hill continued to power the Jazz offensively after coming to the team in a three-way trade with the Pacers and Hawks last summer. He has scored 18-plus points in all five games, the only Jazz player to do so.
The Mavericks trailed the entire game except for a 16-15 lead at the beginning of the second quarter. After shooting just 37.0 percent in the first quarter, the Jazz hit 49.2 percent the rest of the way. They were 12 for 25 from 3-point range.
Rodney Hood scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Jazz as teammate Rudy Gobert had 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 14 points, but they shot just 26.9 percent behind the arc.