MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies came out determined to
finally beat the Mavericks, and O.J. Mayo made sure they finished
off the win.
Mayo scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, and Memphis
snapped a 13-game losing streak to Dallas with a 102-82 victory
"It's like that bully in school that's always coming and
beating you up, and standing up to him," Memphis forward Hakim
Warrick said of beating the Mavericks. "We were finally able to go
out and get that win against them."
Marc Gasol had 19 points for Memphis, which ended a four-game
skid overall. Rudy Gay and Warrick added 18 apiece.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 28 points, hitting 11 of 21
shots. Jason Terry scored 18, and Josh Howard finished with 12
points, including 10 in the third period.
Mayo connected on five of eight shots outside the arc as Memphis
shot 47 percent from 3-point range for the game.
Memphis jumped ahead early on 67 percent shooting in the first
half but went into the break with just a 50-45 lead.
Dallas had outscored opponents 59-41 after intermission in the
last three games, including erasing a 29-point deficit to defeat
the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-100 last Tuesday, but couldn't mount
a comeback against Memphis.
"We've been down 10, 12, 16. We were even down (29) against
Minnesota," Nowitzki said. "We're just not playing well early
now. We've always got to fight back, and we did that over the last
couple of weeks.
"At some point, all the fighting back is going to haunt you.
You waste a lot of energy trying to fight back," he said.
Prone to struggling at the start of the third period, the
Grizzlies traded leads throughout the quarter before taking control
with a 9-3 run, helped by five Dallas turnovers.
Mayo scored 10 in the period, while Gay had eight and Memphis
"Down the stretch, we really buckled down, especially
defensively," Warrick said. "The open shots they got, we just ran
them off, and made them work a little bit harder."
Mayo's scramble for the ball and flip to Warrick for a dunk gave
the Grizzlies 95-80 lead with 3:39 to play. Memphis' lead would
grow to 22 on a 3-pointer by Mayo.
"There's not one play that stands out," Dallas point guard
Jason Kidd said, "but all of a sudden, we were down nine, and it
just kept growing. The first group, we just couldn't get it back."
The Grizzlies outscored the Mavericks 26-14 in the final period.
Even Nowitzki couldn't help at that point, missing all three of his
shots in the quarter as the Mavericks shot 23 percent for the
Memphis built a 12-point lead early. Nowitzki was the offensive
force for the Mavericks, scoring 16 of Dallas' 25 points in the
The Grizzlies, however, could not maintain the shooting pace,
missing 10 of 11 shots to open the second quarter. That allowed
Dallas to cut into the lead with Nowitzki taking a break.
When he did return, the 7-foot Nowitzki immediately went to the
basket with the shorter Memphis forwards on him. Nowitzki ended up
with 22 in the half to lead the Mavericks.
"Clearly, the energy level for us went up in the second half,"
Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "It was a good response to Dirk
going crazy in the first half."
Gasol matched Nowitzki offensively, hitting eight of 10 shots en
route to 19 first-half points. That helped Memphis carry a 50-45
lead into the break.
"I just felt like I was in a good position to score," Gasol
said of his early offensive production.
The Grizzlies outscored the Mavericks 48-32 in the paint, and
26-12 in second-chance points, fueled by a dozen offensive
rebounds. Dallas entered the game as the league's best rebounding
team at 45.3 a game. Memphis was last with an average of 38.5
boards. Despite that, the Grizzlies outrebounded the Mavericks
"They dominated in every statistical category," Mavericks
coach Rick Carlisle said. "You have to give them credit. We made
some runs, but we could never sustain it. They battled hard and
came out like a team that was tired of losing games."
Notes: Memphis G Steve Francis and F Darius Miles, obtained last
month, were available for the first time. Francis was on the
inactive list, while Miles dressed and played the final 1:46. ...
Dallas G Jason Terry hit a 3-pointer late in the third period,
giving him his 22nd straight game with a 3. Memphis F Quinton Ross
missed Sunday's game with back soreness. Memphis' last win over the
Mavericks was Nov. 26, 2005, at Dallas. The Grizzlies last home win
over Dallas was Feb. 17, 2004, at their former home The Pyramid. It
was the first time Memphis has defeated the Mavericks in the
FedExForum after 10 straight losses, including the postseason.