Why the Mavs won: The Mavs shot 47 percent from the field and took control of the game in the second quarter when they outscored Utah 35-17 en route to claiming a 102-93 victory over the Jazz on Friday night. It was the sixth straight win for the Mavs, who improved to 9-4.
Key players: Deron Williams had 23 points, eight assists and three steals against his former team, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19, and Zaza Pachulia collected his seventh double-double of the season as he finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Key stat: The Mavs turned the ball over just nine times, leading to only six points for the Jazz.
Records: Jazz 6-6; Mavs 9-4
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