School is out for MOST students around the country...
But, Basketball School is definitely IN SESSION for the Memphis Grizzlies..
The Grizz getting a full dose of NBA 101 on back to back nights from two of the Western Conference Best Franchises...
Monday night here in Memphis against the Lakers...
And Tuesday night on the road at Dallas against the Mavericks..
Take you to the American Airlines Center where the Mavs are just 3-games out of first place in the Southwest Division..
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
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
The Grizz now take Christmas off..
They'll be back home for their next game..that'll be against the Indiana Pacers Friday night at FedExForum.