Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder reacts to a Mavericks run during a timeout during game 6 of the playoffs in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 28, 2022. The Mavericks won 98-96 and advance to the second round.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Utah’s season-ending Game 6 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night will be remembered locally for Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-point miss with 1.9 seconds left that probably would have won the thrilling contest for the Jazz.

In Dallas, they will never forget the third quarter, when the Mavericks outscored the Jazz 36-19 to erase a 12-point halftime deficit at Vivint Arena and take a 77-72 advantage into the fourth quarter.

It was the Mavericks’ first playoff series win since 2011; Fourth-seeded Dallas moves on to meet No. 1 seed Phoenix in a Western Conference semifinals series that begins Monday in Phoenix.

“There’s no shame in the way we played. We got beat. That’s a tough one. We thought we were playing well enough to win that game.” — Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder.

The Jazz’s season is over, but it is hard to fault them for the final play, a well-executed inbounds pass that sprung Bogdanovic free. Utah’s best shooter had a great look, but the 3-pointer didn’t fall and Dallas escaped.

“No better guy than him to take that shot,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

Bogdanovic was 3 of 6 from 3-point range, the Jazz 9 of 35.

Speaking of 3-pointers, the Mavericks used the long-range shot effectively to mount their third-quarter comeback. They were 8 of 12 from deep in the third quarter, then took an 80-72 lead when Maxi Kleber opened the fourth with another bomb.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


NBA playoffs: Jazz’s drama-filled season ends at hands of Dallas Mavs

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