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Jarvis Greer

Mavs Blast Grizzlies at FedExForum

Josh Howard hit his first eight shots on

the way to 26 points and the Dallas Mavericks shot 54 percent in a

103-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.

Howard ended the night 10-of-17 for Dallas, which won its fourth

straight and 12 in the last 14. It also was the Mavericks 13th

straight win over the Grizzlies, including a sweep of Memphis in

the opening round of the 2006 playoffs.

Dirk Nowitzki added 20 points and 11 rebounds and Jason Terry

finished with 14 points for the Mavericks. Erick Dampier

contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds in the first game of a

four-game trip that will take Dallas to Boston, Detroit and

Orlando.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 18 points, Kyle Lowry scored 17 and

Juan Carlos Navarro had 16 points. Pau Gasol, finished with 13

points for Memphis, which lost its third game in the last four.

Memphis never led and never even threatened the Mavericks.

Dallas put the game away early with accurate shooting coupled with

domination on the boards and in the middle.

The Mavericks finished the night with a 47-33 advantage on the

boards, and outscored the Grizzlies 52-36 in the paint, eventually

building the lead to as many as 29.

A weak Memphis defense gave the Mavericks open shots and Dallas

made 70 percent in the first quarter, with Howard going 5-for-5.

While Dallas couldn't maintain that accuracy, the Mavericks did

shoot 63 percent for the half and carried a 61-44 lead into the

break, matching its largest advantage of the first half.

Howard led the way with 21 points in the first half. Nowitzki

had 12.

Lowry and Navarro had 11 points each for Memphis, but the

Grizzlies' 48 percent shooting couldn't keep pace with the

Mavericks, particularly since Dallas outrebounded the Grizzlies

21-13.

Dallas continued to extend the lead in the second half,

eventually building the advantage to 29 before carrying a 84-63

lead into the fourth.

Notes: Mavericks G Devin Harris, who averages 14.4 points did not

travel to Memphis and will miss two to three weeks with a bone

bruise on his left ankle. Harris was injured in the fourth quarter

of Dallas' 90-85 victory over Denver on Sunday. ...The Mavericks

also were without F Jerry Stackhouse, who missed his third straight

game with a strained right hamstring. ...The Grizzlies announced

before the game they released veteran G Damon Stoudamire as part of

the buyout agreement for his contract. ...The Mavericks have never

lost at the FedExForum, which opened in 2004. The Grizzlies' last

home victory over Dallas was in Feb. 17, 2004, in their previous

home, The Pyramid Arena. ... Gasol returned to the lineup Monday

night after missing the previous two games with a sore back. Point

guard Mike Conley missed his second game with a chest contusion. He

could be out for a week to 10 days.

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