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NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Dallas



(Wednesday, April 7th)

Final Score: Dallas 110, Memphis 84

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki poured in 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks crushed the Memphis Grizzlies, 110-84.

Caron Butler added 23 points and six rebounds for the Mavericks, who finished a three-game homestand with a 1-2 mark and are tied with Denver and Phoenix for second in the Western Conference.

Jason Terry chipped in 16 points and five assists off the bench for Dallas, which got 14 points and six assists from J.J. Barea.

"We need to play better basketball. Every win we get right now is precious," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's a positive step and now the challenge is to keep moving in the right direction and we'll contend again on Friday. But this is a step in the right direction."

Rudy Gay tallied 23 points for the Grizzlies, who have dropped three straight and six of seven. Zach Randolph posted 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike Conley finished with 17 points and seven assists in defeat.

Dallas scored the first seven points of the game to set the tone. The Mavericks closed the first quarter on a 16-3 run to take a 33-20 lead into the second.

The Mavs tallied seven consecutive points in the middle stages of the second to build a 20-point lead. Nowitzki's layup made it 46-26 with over six minutes to go.

Memphis chipped away at its deficit and was within 12, 57-45, at the break.

Gay's trey early in the third cut the gap to 59-52. The Grizzlies stayed close in the frame and trailed, 78-66, heading to the fourth.

Dallas started the fourth on a 17-4 burst to put the game out of reach. Terry had seven points during the stretch, which Barea capped with a free throw to make it a 95-70 contest with under 6 1/2 minutes to go.

"They beat us. They came out hard and aggressive, jumped on us and then tried to conserve their starters," Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins said. "We found a group that was willing to compete and play together, and got back in the game and got it down to eight. It was down to 12 at halftime. We kept fighting a little bit in the third quarter. Then we started turning the ball over. It was unbelievable the turnovers. We just kept giving them the ball, giving them the ball, and they'd run it down our throat or shoot threes."

Game Notes

Dallas has been a house of horrors for Memphis over the years. The Grizzlies have dropped 18 of their last 19 in Big D, with the lone win coming on November 26, 2005...The Mavs shot 55.3 percent from the field, while Memphis made 46.5 percent of its shots...Dallas went 8-of-14 from beyond the arc, while the Grizzlies went 2-of-10 from three-point range...Memphis turned the ball over 20 times, leading to 30 Dallas points.

04/08 01:13:46 ET


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