NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Dallas
(Saturday, December 26th)
Final Score: Dallas 106, Memphis 101
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jason Terry scored 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 as Dallas used a third-quarter surge and held on late to down Memphis, 106-101, at American Airlines Center.
Erick Dampier had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who rebounded from a loss to Portland on Tuesday. Jason Kidd contributed 10 points and dished out 10 assists.
"Our balance was very good and we had good balance down the stretch as well," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "Different guys got involved, with different guys scoring and making plays. Dirk didn't even score down the stretch. That's positive and when you get seven or eight guys playing at a high level, it makes a big difference."
Zach Randolph recorded a game-high 27 points and 14 rebounds in defeat for the Grizzlies, who had their three-game win streak halted. Rudy Gay went for 22 points and 10 boards, while O.J. Mayo added 18 points, five rebounds and five assists in a losing cause.
Dallas extended its lead as high as seven in the third quarter after an 18-7 run erased a four-point deficit early in the period.
Nowitzki scored eight points during the burst and Jose Barea's jumper with just under five minutes remaining capped the surge and gave the Mavericks a 71-64 edge, but the Grizzlies battled back within 79-77 after three on a Sam Young slam.
Kris Humphries' jumper less than two minutes into the fourth put the Mavs up 85-77 before a Mayo three and Gay deuce cut the Memphis deficit to 85-84 with 7:41 to play.
The Mavs got separation again with 4:14 to play as Josh Howard's layup made it 94-88, but Mayo's two from the line completed a brief run to get the Grizzlies back to 97-96 with 2:20 to go.
Dampier hit a shot on the next possession for a three-point game, then Howard nailed a jumper with 29.5 seconds left to close it out for Dallas.
"We stopped doing what we were doing to give us the lead," Randolph said of his club losing control in the second half. "The game plan was to attack the basket more. It's real frustrating. We played a tough game, we just needed to make smarter plays, move the ball a little more and play a little more together at the end and we would have been OK."
Randolph had a monster first quarter, posting 16 points to help the Grizzlies take a 30-24 lead after one. His spinning lay-in gave Memphis a nine-point edge at 39-30 early in the second, then Young's three-point play with 7:42 left in the half opened up a 46-36 advantage.
Kidd nailed a trey with 4:05 left to get the Mavs within 48-46, but the visitors held firm until the break. Terry's long three with 30 ticks left made it 55-53 at halftime.
Memphis had won three in a row over Dallas...Barea and Howard each had 11 points for Dallas, while Young recorded 11 for Memphis...Dallas turned the ball over just nine times in the victory.
12/26 20:08:18 ET