The Utah Jazz entered Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round series coming off a loss to a depleted Dallas Mavericks, and the Mavericks (still without Luka Doncic) won on the road, 126-118.
The Mavericks started off loose and looked at ease playing together without their star player.
Second-year guard Josh Green was the difference-maker for the Mavericks in the first half, scoring 10 points, dishing out six assists, and stealing two balls in 11 minutes off the bench.
The Mavericks led by 17 points at halftime, having made 13 3-pointers to the Jazz's three, prompting boos from the 18,306 fans in Vivint Arena as they walked off the court.
"We weren't playing well, so we got booed," said Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. "It's just part of the game." As a kid, I booed the hell out of a TV, and it's nothing personal. That's all there is to it."
During the first half, the Jazz appeared to be lost on defense. Jalen Brunson was effortlessly getting to the lane and dishing it out for open shots.
The Jazz struggled on help-side defense, didn't shoot the three-point line, and were slow on rotations.
"At the end of the day," Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said, "we still have to contain the ball." "When the ball gets in the paint, we have problems because we're coming over to help and they're kicking it out for open threes."
It created more space on the floor, allowing players like Mitchell and Mike Conley to get downhill. Mitchell took over, electrifying the sold-out crowd with two spectacular dunks to pull the Jazz within six points heading into the fourth quarter.