Sport: Mitchell, Jazz win opener 99-93 as Mavs play without Doncic

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DALLAS (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 30 of his 32 points after halftime, Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 26 and the Utah Jazz opened the playoffs with a 99-93 victory Saturday over the Dallas Mavericks, who were without injured All-Star guard Luka Doncic.

Dallas Mavericks forward Reggie Bullock (25) defends as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) works to the basket in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Dallas Mavericks forward Reggie Bullock (25) defends as Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) works to the basket in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bogdanovic had Utah's only two 3-pointers before halftime, in a 13-2 run over the final 3 1/2 minutes that put the Jazz ahead to stay. Mitchell, who always seems to step up in the postseason, came alive after the break.

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The fourth-seeded Mavericks, starting the playoffs at home for the first time since their NBA title season 11 years ago, sorely missed their 23-year-old superstar. Doncic strained his left calf six days earlier in the regular-season finale. Coach Jason Kidd has said only that he is day to day.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Dallas.

Jalen Brunson, the starting point guard with Doncic out, had 24 points on 9-of-24 shooting with seven rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points, Reggie Bullock added 15 and Dorian Finney-Smith 14.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic looks to an official as he watches play from the bench in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic looks to an official as he watches play from the bench in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

With Doncic in a black hoodie on the bench, the Mavericks cut an 11-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to 92-91 on a 3-pointer by Maxi Kleber with 2:12 left. After Mitchell missed, the Mavs had the chance to take their first lead in the second half, but Kleber missed badly on another long-range shot.

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  Mavericks' Luka Doncic diagnosed with calf strain after undergoing MRI Dallas hasn't determined a timetable for his return and aren't yet ready to make a determination about his readiness for the playoffs. Luka Dončić exited the game after suffering a left calf strain. pic.twitter.com/aJ1uJPf68N— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 11, 2022 Dallas won, 130-120, and finished with the fourth seed in the Western Conference. On Saturday, the Mavericks will begin the NBA Playoffs with a first-round series against the Utah Jazz.Doncic averaged 28.4 points, 8.7 assists, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game this season, leading the Mavericks in all four categories.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic watches play from the bench in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic watches play from the bench in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Royce O'Neale then scored his only basket for the Jazz, a 3-pointer from the corner after he had first missed inside and then got a pass from Mitchell. Utah finished with a 20-7 edge in second-chance points.

Rudy Gobert had 17 rebounds for the Jazz.

The Jazz, who were second in the NBA with 14.5 made 3-pointers a game, missed their first nine shots from beyond the arc until Bogdanovic hit from the right corner in front of the Dallas bench to get them within 41-35 with 3:10 left in the second quarter.

Utah’s only other 3 before halftime by Bogdanovic with 2.2 seconds left for a 45-43 lead after taking a pass back from Mitchell.

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Doncic spent the game at the end of the Mavericks bench, at one point munching popcorn from a cup in his hand late in the first quarter. He was on the other side of owner Mark Cuban as both — along with much of the Mavs bench — acted in dismay with 31 seconds left in the first half after Kleber was called for a foul when Bogdanovic went hard into him to draw the call.

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) takes a shot as Dallas Mavericks' Dwight Powell (7),. Davis Bertans, right front, and Jalen Brunson (13) defend in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) © Provided by Associated Press – Sports Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) takes a shot as Dallas Mavericks' Dwight Powell (7),. Davis Bertans, right front, and Jalen Brunson (13) defend in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bogdanovic made both of those free throws, and Bruson hit a tough shot at the other end, but the Utah forward made his half-ending 3 that put the Jazz ahead to stay.

TIP-INS

Jazz: Utah was called for a technical foul early in the fourth quarter for having six men on the court. Brunson missed the free throw for Dallas. It appeared that Mitchell was coming back in the game for Jordan Clarkson, who was running toward the sideline but was apparently still on the court when the ball was inbounded.

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  Report: Mavericks' Luka Doncic may miss playoff opener against Jazz Doncic was injured Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs. Late in the third quarter, Doncic appeared to land awkwardly after leaving his feet to make a pass. He hobbled off the floor, grabbing his left leg. Luka Doncic strained left calf injury:"It looks like it’s something with his left leg, when he jumps he favors the left leg and doesn’t land on it instead he chooses to land on the right leg," @Nunez_MarcoA tells me.#MFFL #NBATwitter #NBA75 pic.twitter.com/79ldF2XAqA— Landon Buford (@LandonBuford) April 11, 2022 Initially, the Mavericks were optimistic the injury wasn't serious, calling it a mild calf strain.

Mavericks: Guard Frank Ntilikina rejoined the team after undergoing a tonsillectomy, and will make a gradual return to basketball activities.

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