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Howard didn't return until four minutes into the second quarter. He had to leave again early in the second half, but returned again. Howard finished with 13 points and a career-high seven steals.
The Jazz were coming off a victory in New Orleans, but have lost seven of their last nine road games. They play at San Antonio on Friday, then return home to play Golden State and the Clippers before finishing the regular season at the Lakers.
Notes: Dallas last scored more than 125 points in consecutive games on March 30 and April 1, 2004. ... Mavs owner Mark Cuban joked before the game about his recent Twitter exchange with Shaquille O'Neal, saying people "think that we're madly in love. We haven't even dated." As for the possibility of O'Neal playing for Dallas, Cuban indicated that wasn't likely, though he said he'd "never say never because this is such a crazy league." ... About 5,000 "Jet For Sixth Man of the Year" T-shirts were handed out and there were Jason Terry-related videos and stunts during timeouts in an effort to promote their top substitute for the voting that will done next week.
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