Final Score: Dallas 105, Memphis 91
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and the Dallas
Mavericks extended the Memphis Grizzlies' recent struggles by cruising to a
105-91 win at American Airlines Center.
Monta Ellis added 18 points and Vince Carter chipped in 14 along with six
assists in a game Dallas led virtually wire-to-wire en route to a second
The Mavericks shot nearly 55 percent from the floor while holding the
Grizzlies to a 40 percent field goal percentage to improve to 5-2 in December
and deal Memphis a season-high fifth straight loss.
"We defended great in the first half," said Mavericks head coach Rick
Carlisle. "They scored more in the second half, but we were able to stay the
course and still outscore them slightly, which is big."
Tony Allen paced the Grizzlies, who played without a pair of starters in point
guard Mike Conley and Tayshaun Prince, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Zach
Randolph and Jon Leuer finished with 14 points each in defeat.
The shorthanded Grizzlies were able to hang tough early on, with the game
decided by just one point until Dallas put forth an 8-0 run to grab a 30-21
lead just over a minute into the second quarter.
An 11-2 spurt, during which Nowitzki accounted for eight points, extended the
margin to 41-27 midway through the period, and Dallas stayed in front by
double digits over the remainder of the half to enter the break owning a 52-39
Strong defense enabled the Mavericks to lead comfortably at the intermission,
with Dallas limiting the Grizzlies to 36.2 percent shooting and forcing nine
turnovers that were converted into eight points.
Memphis managed to make some headway in the third quarter, stringing together
a 9-1 stretch that was capped by a Mike Miller three that trimmed the deficit
to 66-62 with 3:44 to go in the frame. The Mavericks answered with six
straight points, though, and entered the fourth quarter still with some
breathing room by holding a 78-66 cushion.
The Grizzlies never threatened thereafter, with the lead swelling to 21 points
after an Ellis trey with 4:39 left made the score 98-77.
"It was a game where we had to hang in the entire time because Memphis really
threw everything they had at us, even though they were back-to-back," said
Both Nowitzki and Carlisle missed Dallas' most recent outing, a 106-93
win over Milwaukee on Saturday, due to illness ... Conley missed a second
straight game due to a bruised quadriceps, while Prince is dealing with a sore
knee that limited him to just nine minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers ...
Dallas went 20-of-23 from the free throw line, compared to a 9-of-14 showing
for the Grizzlies ... Memphis fell to 3-9 since center Marc Gasol suffered a
sprained knee last month.
12/19 00:13:47 ET
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