Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson barked a few choice words at a referee

earning only the second technical foul of his NBA career

as he rubbed his lower back and gingerly walked toward the locker room.

Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale had just delivered a running elbow to Brunson's back

as players positioned themselves for a rebound, forcing Brunson to exit

Thursday's Game 3 for the final 4 minutes and 38 seconds of the first half.

Brunson had 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting. That came on the heels of a career

high 41 points on 15-of-25 shooting in Monday's Game 2 win.

It's the first time Brunson, a four-year veteran, has scored 30

or more points in consecutive games in his NBA career.