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SALT LAKE CITY -- Before he even got the ball on the first play of the game, Dirk Nowitzki decided he was going to shoot. When that went in, he just kept on shooting. "I didnt even wait to see if theyd double team. I was going to get a shot up regardless. That got things jumpstarted," Nowitzki said. Nowitzki scored 31 points and moved into sole possession of the No. 12 spot on the all-time NBA scoring list in the Dallas Mavericks 108-101 win over the Utah Jazz Wednesday. He made 12 of 14 from the field and all four of his 3-point attempts to help the Mavs snap a three-game road losing skid. "I was determined to set a more aggressive tone tonight," he said. "The way weve been playing offensively, something needed to change." Trey Burke scored 20 points and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 rebounds, but the Jazz struggled down the stretch against Dallas long-range shooting. The Mavericks converted 13 of 21 3-point attempts -- their best percentage of the season topping the last time they played Utah with a 10-of-18 performance on Feb. 7. Meanwhile, the Jazz went 5 of 26. On the first possession of the game, Nowitzki drained his trademark one-legged fade-away jumper, which moved him past John Havlicek for 12th place on the NBAs all-time scoring list. "He really led our team tonight," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "Dirk was great from start to finish. I mean, shooting 12-of-14 is ridiculous and 4-for-4 from 3, its hard to do much better than that." Havlicek scored 26,395 points and Dominique Wilkins is No. 11 in the record books with 26,668. With more games like this one, Nowitzki could possibly reach the top 10 this season by passing Oscar Robertson (26,710). "I havent been quite on fire lately, but I got out early and was really looking to get my groove," he said. Monta Ellis, on the other hand, started slow but finished strong -- scoring 13 of his 16 points in the second half and tallying 11 assists and seven rebounds for Dallas. "After a frustrating first half, Monta stayed patient, disciplined and aggressive. He took what the defence gave him and got the jumper going. Then he made a bunch of plays," Carlisle said. Nowitzki agreed and gave plenty of praise to Ellis. "Monta was spectacular in the fourth. I dont always need to grind and go to the post and try and make some stuff happen. He knows how to nick his guy and a bit and next thing you know hes at the rim," he said. Devin Harris, who was a game-time decision with a strained Achilles, scored 12 and kept Dallas in the eighth Western Conference playoff slot. Derrick Favours scored 15 points and Alec Burks had 13 points and a career-high eight assists, but the Jazz have lost seven of their past eight games in this rebuilding season. Neither team led by more than seven points until Ellis and Jose Calderon made back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 101-93 with 3:04 to play. Burke made a 3-pointer for the Jazz, but then Ellis made a jumper and then assisted Nowitzki for another shot beyond the arc to put the game out of reach. Nowitzki said he appreciates how easy Ellis can make it for him. "He is just so explosive off the pick-and-roll. Hes fun to play with ... and he just exploits any mistake the defenders make in their coverage," Nowitzki said. The back-and-forth game featured 17 ties and 18 lead changes before the Mavericks made all the key shots down the stretch. "Dirk, in my opinion, was spectacular. I tried a lot of different coverages on him and he still made tough shots. Thats what great players do in this league," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. Burke had his second consecutive 20-point game after struggling with his shot most of his rookie season. But he marveled at what Nowtizki has been doing for more than 15 years. "We tried to contain Dirk but you just have to take your hat off to him, when a guy has a night like that," Burke said. Notes: Dallas forward Jae Crowder sat out his second game with a strained abdominal muscle suffered Sunday against Indiana. . Dallas coach Rick Carlisle got a technical for complaining about Burke kicking out his feet on his jump shots. . The Jazz outscored the Mavericks 56-32 in the paint. New Orleans Pelicans Jerseys . Defenceman Tessa Bonhomme was among three players released from the team Tuesday morning along with defenceman Brigette Lacquette of Waterhen, Man. DeMarcus Cousins Jersey .C. -- Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race hes skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. http://www.shoppelicansonline.com/Authe ... ns-Jersey/. 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Defeat in their opening fixture against the West Indies put them on the back foot from the off, making every remaining fixture crucial.The West Indies are through to the semi-finals after their victory over South Africa on Friday, and England will join them if they beat Sri Lanka. There is always pressure to perform. We know its a must-win game but its been like that since we got here, Root said of the match, which will be shown live on Sky Sports 2 from 1.30pm.For us its ultimately about winning our game. Thats all we can worry about because thats the only way were going to be able to qualify.You can only really afford to lose one game and even then you can still crash out of the competition. Its T20. Its a complete knockout from here on in if we want to win it.The pressure is no more than it has been since that second game. Its all about getting over the line.To achieve that England know they must improve on Wednesdays display against Afghanistan. England celebrate a wicket against Afghanistan Although a humbling defeat was averted, the Afghan spinners made short work of Englands top six, leaving serious questions over their reading of conditions.Sri Lanka have a strong spin line-up of their own to unleash at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, led by the venerable left-armer Rangana Herath, and Root knows the trial by turn is one his side must combat better. Rangana Herath (right) will lead Sri Lankas spinners Its about learning from the mistakes we made last time in case we are on a similar pitch and face a similar attack with a lot of spin, he assessed.Everyone has their own way of playing spin, theres no right or wrong way, but for me its about trying to face as few dot balls as possible and trying to cash in with the boundaries when they are available.Every surface is different so it is about giving yourself the best chance on that particular pitch. Sometimes you might need to take a few extra balls to get accustomed to it but ultimately it is about playing the situation in front of you. Why do England not learn from previous mistakes when playing spin? You still want to keep that intent but theres other ways of scoring quickly.dddddddddddd Maybe you score down the ground a bit more, maybe knock it into gaps and look for twos.Its about communicating that with the guy at the other end, watching the game if youre coming in to bat and doing what you need to do to put a big score on the board or chase one down. Englands Alex Hales hits out against West Indies Alex Hales missed out against Afghanistan with a sore back but returned to training on Friday, even taking part in the traditional football match before nets.That bodes well for his likely involvement, at the expense of James Vince, but the opener will face a fitness test in the morning.He has improved, said Root on Hales. We will get a good idea from how he will be on Saturday, but it is going to be important making sure he is absolutely ready. If not we have a strong squad and I am sure someone will fill in for him. Englands Joe Root talks Rob Key through his extraordinary innings against South Africa in the World T20 Also See: WATCH: Broad in 60 Seconds West Indies sneak into semis ICC World T20 fixtures Pick your Ultimate World T20 XI Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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