Dallas dumps Grizzlies
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in a game-high 24 points
and pulled down 13 rebounds to lift Dallas over Memphis, 89-84, in the back
end of a home-and-home set at American Airlines Center.
Nowitzki finished 7-of-15 from the floor and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the
Jason Terry scored 19 points and Devin Harris added 12 for the Mavericks, who
defeated Memphis, 115-103, on Friday and have won five straight after starting
the season 0-4.
“Sometimes when you are losing, it gets pretty lonely,” Mavs coach Avery
Johnson said. “Food doesn’t taste good, a lot of things don’t taste good, but
when you’re winning…we’ll take it.”
Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting with seven
boards. Chucky Atkins had 17 points and Lawrence Roberts added 11 off the
bench, but Memphis lost its seventh straight.
Memphis, which shot just 36 percent from the field, has dropped 11 of its last
12 in Dallas.
“We’re getting hungrier, closer and closer,” Gay said. “We just need to learn
how to finish our game.”
The Mavericks trailed for most of the first quarter until Nowitzki’s free
throw and tip-in put them up by three at the 2:59 mark. Maurice Ager then
drained a jumper before Damon Stoudamire countered with the same to make it a
22-18 contest after one quarter of play.
The game remained tight in the second with each team trading the lead.
Nowitzki’s fadeaway jumper gave Dallas a seven-point advantage with 4:02 to
play, but Memphis answered with nine straight points. Atkins hit a jump shot
to cap a 28-point quarter for the Grizzlies, who led 46-44 at the half.
The Mavericks continued to fight in the third, keeping the game close until
Greg Buckner’s three with 11 seconds remaining gave them the lead and ignited
a spark in the Dallas offense that lasted throughout the final frame.
Erick Dampier’s dunk opened up a 10-point advantage late in the fourth, but
Memphis cut within three on a running jumper by Mike Miller with 32 seconds
left. Harris then drained a layup for the five-point edge with 11 seconds to
Dallas shot 46.3 percent from the floor and 52.9 percent from three-point
range…Dampier finished with 10 points…Dallas’ Jerry Stackhouse missed the
game due to a strained right groin…The Mavs improved to 37-7 in the all-time
series with the Grizzlies…Attendance was 20,535.