NBA: Jazz fend off Mavericks rally to win Game 1


Posted at Apr 17 2022 04:24 AM | Updated as of Apr 17 2022 06:45 AM

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Jazz teammates Jordan Clarkson (from left), Rudy Gobert, and Donovan Mitchell in playoff action on June 2, 2021. Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP/file

Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 26, as the Utah Jazz downed the Dallas Mavericks 99-93 to open the NBA playoffs on Saturday (US time).

Rudy Gobert chipped in 17 rebounds and 3 blocks – but had just one field-goal attempt – for the Jazz, who couldn't shake off the Mavericks who were without Luka Doncic (calf strain).

Bogdanovic's jumper made it 86-75 with 5:58 left in the game, but the Mavericks went on a 16-6 run capped by Maxi Kleber's 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 92-91.

Royce O'Neal's triple with 57.3 seconds on the game and four free throws by Mitchell after successive empty possessions by Dallas sealed the victory.

Jordan Clarkson added 10 points off the bench for the Jazz, who outrebounded the Mavericks 53-34 to offset the 14 turnovers they had against Dallas' 7.

Jalen Brunson finished with 24 points to lead the Mavericks.