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Exum adds 10 points as Jazz thrash Mavs

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016

Dante Exum made both of his three-point attempts as Utah ensured Andrew Bogut's Dallas Mavericks extended their winless start to the NBA season.

George Hill led the way with 25 points for the Jazz in a comprehensive 97-81 triumph on Wednesday night.

Bogut had two points and nine rebounds in Dallas' fourth straight loss, while fellow Australian Joe Ingles got 23 minutes off the Jazz bench and hit one three-pointer to go with two assists.

Exum, building his fitness from an ACL tear suffered last season, had 10 points on four-of-six shooting.

Hill continued to power the Jazz offensively after coming to the team in a three-way trade with the Pacers and Hawks last summer. He has scored 18-plus points in all five games, the only Jazz player to do so.

The Mavericks trailed the entire game except for a 16-15 lead at the beginning of the second quarter. After shooting just 37 per cent in the first quarter, the Jazz hit 49.2 per cent the rest of the way.

Rodney Hood scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Jazz as teammate Rudy Gobert had 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 14 points, but they shot just 26.9 per cent behind the arc.

Meanwhile, JaMychal Green scored 21 points, Mike Conley added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the winless New Orleans Pelicans 89-83 in overtime.

James Ennis had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis, while Zach Randolph finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, part of the Grizzlies outrebounding the Pelicans 52-43.

Lance Stephenson led New Orleans with 21 points and six assists, while Langston Galloway and rookie Buddy Hield had 18 points each. Anthony Davis, the league's second-leading scorer, was limited to 10 points, connecting on only 3 of 13 shots as New Orleans lost its fifth straight.

In other games, Kemba Walker had 22 points and Nicolas Batum scored 17 of 20 points in a pivotal third quarter as the Charlotte Hornets handed the Philadelphia 76ers their fourth straight loss to open the season, 109-93 on Wednesday night.

Brook Lopez had 34 points and 11 rebounds and Sean Kilpatrick added 24 points as the Nets beat the Pistons 109-101.

Lou Williams scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers rallied after trailing most of the game to beat the Hawks 123-116.

Dwight Howard had 31 points and 11 rebounds and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 26 points for Atlanta.

James Harden had 30 points and 15 assists as the Rockets routed the Knicks 118-99.

Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points for the Knicks, who besides their poor defence also heard loud boos for their rebounding and turnovers in a dismal performance.

DeMar DeRozan continued his hot start by scoring 40 points and outdueling John Wall in a showcase of All-Star guards as the Raptors beat the winless Wizards 113-103.

Russell Westbrook hit a jumper with 18.7 seconds left and finished with 35 points as Oklahoma City remained unbeaten with victory over the LA Clippers 85-83.

Isaiah Thomas had 23 points and 10 assists as Boston handed the Bulls their first loss of the season 107-100.

Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 23 points and nine rebounds.

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