SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz made three major offseason moves, with a pair of trades to acquire Mo and Marvin Williams and the acquisition of free-agent Randy Foye.
Call it money well spent.
The three combined for 55 of Utah's points and all six of the Jazz 3-pointers in a 113-94 victory Wednesday night over the Dallas Mavericks, with the M & M duo scoring 21 points apiece.
"We're veterans," Mo Williams said. "We know what we bring to the table. We're just going to try to bring what we bring, try not to be no more than we are."
Paul Millsap added 15 rebounds and 13 points Utah. Al Jefferson also had a double-double with 14 rebounds and 12 points.
The score was tied at 70 before Mo Williams hit back-to-back 3-pointers then scored on a driving layup. Marvin Williams followed with his second 3-pointer, putting Utah up 11 points with 2:57 left in the third. The Jazz led by as many as 20 after trailing 63-55 at halftime.
"I just told the guys to stay the course," Mo Williams after the Jazz opened 1 of 7 from beyond the arc. "Pick up our intensity, pick up our defense and things will turn around. It's a long game. I've seen crazier things happen. We just wanted to stay solid and not get our heads down."
Darren Collison scored 17 points for the Mavs, who pulled off an upset win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday but couldn't match Utah's pace in the second half.
"When you get beat by 24 in a quarter that is a convincing beating," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of being outscored 37-13 in the third. "We just didn't match their aggression in the third and that was the difference in the game."
It didn't help that Dallas continued to play without 11-time All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki and 7-0 center Chris Kaman.
The Jazz held a 44-30 advantage on points in the paint and 61-40 edge in rebounds.
Carlisle almost predicted as much, calling Utah a "wrecking crew" in the paint before the game with its four bigs.
Utah's aggressive style helped the Jazz get to the free throw line 42 times, and unlike the Lakers, they cashed in, making 31.
"It was a march to the free-throw line, and their shot-making was really there in the second half," Carlisle said. "It turned into a lousy night for us. They had a lot to do with it."
Give some credit to Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, who chastised his team at halftime.
"He came in and told us what it was," Mo Williams said. "We got to pick up our intensity, got to get aggressive, get into them. They were having their way the first half."
Brandan Wright added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting for the Mavs (1-1), while O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter had 12 points apiece.
The Mavs started off hot despite not arriving in Salt Lake City until about 3 a.m., hitting their first five shots in building a 15-8 lead.