Nowitzki's 21, Terry's 17 lead Mavs over Grizzlies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Nowitzki's 21, Terry's 17 lead Mavs over Grizzlies

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points, Jason Terry added 17, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their winning streak against the Memphis Grizzlies to 13 games with a 100-82 victory on Tuesday night.

Josh Howard added 14 points, and Erick Dampier contributed 13 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won 14 of 18.

Hakim Warrick had 17 points, and Rudy Gay added 16 points and nine rebounds for Memphis.

Kyle Lowry scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, coming off a nine-point home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Dallas closed the first quarter with a 14-2 run for a 22-12 lead. The Mavericks got eight points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots from Dampier in the opening quarter, with Dallas scoring its first 16 points in the paint.

Memphis went 4-for-21 from the field and didn't have a field goal over the final 6:13 of the opening quarter.

The Mavericks got a 3-pointer from Terry and a layup from Howard in the final 29 seconds of the first half for a 42-32 advantage.

Memphis had its lowest-scoring half of the season and Dallas matched its fewest first-half points.

Dampier's three-point play gave the Mavericks a 54-39 edge in the third quarter. The Grizzlies never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

Memphis pulled to 89-80 with 3:40 left, but Nowitzki answered with a three-point play to close out the Grizzlies. Notes: Dallas C DeSagana Diop didn't come close on two free throws in the second quarter. The first barely nicked the front of the rim and the second was an airball. ...The Grizzlies are 1-14 all-time in Dallas. Their only road win against the Mavericks was on Nov. 26, 2005. ...Dallas is 9-0 when holding an opponent under 90 points.                  

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