Brunson's career-high helps Mavs even series with Jazz
Jalen Brunson had a career-high 41 points and Maxi Kleber made eight 3-pointers as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz, 110-104, to tie their best-of-seven series at 1-1.
Dallas played its second game without injured All-Star Luka Doncic (calf) and Brunson made up the difference running the offense. He shot 15-of-25 from the field, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. He also had eight rebounds, five assists and no turnovers. Brunson and Kleber helped the Mavs outscore Utah 33-23 in the fourth quarter. Kleber finished with 25 points.
Dallas made 39 field goals, 22 of them were 3s, a playoff record for the franchise.
Utah's penchant for not finishing strong in the regular season returned Monday. Utah led 55-48 at halftime but faded down the stretch as they were unable to contain dribble penetration by the Mavs that led to many of the good looks from 3. Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 34 points and Bojan Bogdanovic had 25 points. Rudy Gobert had just eight points but grabbed 17 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson added 21 points off the bench for Utah.