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Carrie Anderson

Grizz Snap 13 Game Losing Streak Against Mavs

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

Sunday.

"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

led 76-68.

"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

period.

Memphis built a 12-point lead early. Nowitzki was the offensive

force for the Mavericks, scoring 16 of Dallas' 25 points in the

first period.

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

43-34.

"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.

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