DALLAS -- No Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd or Delonte West?
With three of their starters sidelined, the Dallas Mavericks did what any short-handed team would do.
They received surprising contributions from Rodrigue Beaubois and Lamar Odom en route to overpowering the Utah Jazz 116-101 Friday night at American Airlines Center.
Nowitzki (knee) and West (hamstring) were already in streets clothes before the game started. Kidd then took an early shower after he strained his right calf less than two minutes into the game.
There was no reason for the Mavs to fret, however. That's because Beaubois recorded season highs in points (22) and assists (seven); he also had a career-high four blocks.
And Odom broke out of his season-long shell for a season-high 19 points and five rebounds.
While coach Rick Carlisle gave kudos to his team for scoring a season-high in points, shooting 54.9 percent from the field and winning the rebound battle (44-33), there was no denying that Beaubois played like a seasoned veteran.
"I thought he played the point position as well as he's ever played it," Carlisle said. "In terms of running the team, making reads -- his defense was terrific, and yet he didn't have any bad fouls.
"He really had a good feel for where to put everybody on the court, and he made plays. He made important plays time and time again."
Beaubois was so crafty that he was dropping off nifty bounce passes to teammates for layups. And he also made 9 of 15 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
"He's getting better all the time, and there's no doubt about it," Carlisle said. "When he can play with the kind of aggression all the minutes he's out on the floor, his game is going to continue to get better at a faster rate.
"The more he puts in, the more he's going to get out. The last couple of weeks he made some real strides, and now it's going to be really important that he stays at that high level."
The Mavs would also like for Odom to stay at the high level he reached Friday. While looking more and more comfortable with his surroundings, Odom made 7 of 12 shots and was productive in his 32 minutes of action.
"I thought his all-around game was tremendous," Carlisle said. "He defended, he made plays on offense, he made some really high basketball IQ plays."
Odom scored seven straight points for the Mavs on three consecutive possessions when he made a pair of 3-point buckets and added a free throw. That came in the midst of a 28-9 Mavs run as they went from being up 82-80 to being ahead 110-89.
As far as Beaubois goes, he settled down the Mavs' offense completely after Kidd went down.
"The Jazz are a great team, but my teammates pushed me, everybody was pitching in," Beaubois said. "I've had some good games against the Jazz because of my teammates.
"They told me that Jason Kidd was going to be out, so I just wanted to play the best basketball I could play and just wanted the team to win.
"Everybody did a great job. We knew Jason Kidd wasn't going to play and we know how important he is to us. Everybody stepped up and that was good."
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