NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Dallas
(Saturday, November 6th)
Final Score: Dallas 112, Memphis 88
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Finley scored 23 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points and 13 rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 112-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at the American Airlines Center.
Erick Dampier had 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds for the Mavericks, who remained unbeaten through their first three games.
"You finally saw the real Dampier," said Dallas head coach Don Nelson, who won his 300th game as the team's head coach. "He and Nowitzki rebounded, scored an did all the things you would expect them to do."
Pau Gasol scored 18 points while Stromile Swift had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who scored 35 points in the first quarter but were held to 35 points in the entire second half.
A jumper by Swift gave Memphis its largest lead at 35-22 with 30 seconds left in the first quarter. A layup by Earl Watson put the Grizzlies up 42-30 with 8:54 remaining in the second.
However, Dallas used a 27-11 run the rest of the quarter to take a four-point edge into halftime. A basket by Devin Harris gave the Mavericks their first lead of the period at 52-50 with 2:49 left. Alan Henderson' layup with 10 seconds remaining in the half capped the run and made it a 57-53 contest.
A 20-5 run to start the third gave Dallas a 19-point lead. Harris ended the spurt with a jumper that made it 77-58 with 4:32 left in the third. The Mavericks took an 85-68 advantage into the fourth.
The rout continued in the final stanza with Dallas taking its largest lead of the game when a pair of Shawn Bradley free throws made it a 26-point game at 112-86 with 44 seconds remaining.
Jason Terry netted 15 points, Harris finished with 14 and Jerry Stackhouse added 10 in the victory. Harris added a game-high four steals.
"We turned our defensive intensity up a notch and wore them down," said Terry.
Dallas shot 50 percent (37-of-74) from the field, going 6-of-16 from three- point range. The Mavericks outrebounded Memphis, 53-36.
Watson had 14 points and Mike Miller chipped in with 10 in the loss.
The Grizzlies shot 38 percent (32-of-85) from the floor, hitting on 3-of-8 from beyond the arc.
"We were one of the best shooting teams in the league last year, and have the same guys here," said Memphis head coach Hubie Brown. "We're just struggling to find our touch."
Nelson is 30 wins shy of Dick Motta's franchise record for most coaching victories...Memphis starting guard Bonzi Wells was held to just five points on 2-of-9 shooting. He handed out six assists...The Mavericks are off to their best start since they opened the 2002-03 campaign with 14 straight victories...Dallas has won three of the last four and 17 of the last 20 meetings with Memphis...The Grizzlies have dropped eight straight at Dallas.
11/07 00:49:49 ET