SALT LAKE CITY -- The Jazz are drifting against the current.
The Mavericks are swimming upstream.
Going into tonight's game at American Airlines Center, Utah (34-25) is holding a one-game lead over Dallas in the Western Conference standings. A Jazz loss will tie the two franchises for the No. 9 spot behind the Lakers in the West playoff chase.
Dallas (33-26) is 19-14 at home this season and has won seven of its last 10 games.
Meanwhile, the Jazz have dropped three in a row, including Saturday's OT loss at San Antonio.
Utah has lost 11 of its last 14 games and hasn't won on the road since beating Minnesota on Feb. 13, the day before the All-Star break.
Amid their struggles, Utah players have continued to talk tough, perhaps trying to keep themselves motivated for the final 13 games of the regular season.
"There is nothing to talk about," center Al Jefferson said following Friday's 104-97 loss to the Spurs. "It is all about going out there and doing it. We are all athletes. We all know what it takes to win in this league and that's what it is all about."
Friday's game was something of a surprise for the Jazz, who went 1-2 against the Spurs this season. Utah started slowly, but fought back and sent the game into overtime when Marvin Williams sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
The Jazz were outscored 14-7 in the overtime period.
Point guard Mo Williams scored 23 points and had eight assists.
Jefferson finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
The Jazz looked sharp during stretches of the game, but they were outscored 16-4 to start the game.
"We just have to go out there with that energy for 48 minutes," Jefferson said. "You can point fingers but we are the ones out there playing. We are the ones out there for the 48 minutes. We are the ones that have to take them on ourselves to win the game. That's what we did tonight but we unfortunately fell short."
"We almost beat one of the best teams on their home court. It shows we can do it," Utah's Gordon Hayward said Friday. "We just have to bring it each game. We definitely have to bring it when we go to Dallas because it is going to be the same type of thing on their home floor."
After tonight's game, the Jazz will play seven of their next eight at EnergySolutions Arena, where they are 24-9 this season.
Utah will play host to Philadelphia on Monday.