The Dallas Mavericks (29-21) finally got a win at Memphis, taking down the Memphis Grizzlies (26-22) 110-96. The Win put the Mavs a season high 8 games over the .500 mark. The win also gives the Mavs a 3-0 season series lead, but all three games the Grizzlies were missing Marc Gasol and/or Mike Conley.
Sammy D: I’ve been one of Samuel Dalembert’s harshest critics this season, but he sure has stepped up these last two games. After putting up 18 points and 8 rebounds against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, Sam followed it with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Dirk is still Dirk: Dirk Nowitzki came in hot, but even the Grizzlies great defense couldn’t slow him down. Dirk finished with a game high 26 points on 10-14 shooting (3-4 from 3). Over his last five games he’s averaging 29.8 points on 61.6% shooting
Z-BO: Zach Randolph was a handful for the Mavs tonight. He finished with team highs of 25 points and 9 rebounds.
Grizz’s New Additions: Courtney Lee (22 points) and James Johnson (17 points) have been key is this recent Grizzlies resurgence and tonight they showed why, even though it was a losing effort.
Mavs’ Bench Huge Again: The Mavs bench outscored the Grizzs’ 43 to 21. Brandan Wright (17) and Vince Carter (13 points and 7 assists) were huge again. The Tar-Heel’s connected multiple times throughout the game. Every reserve player who played had a positive plus/minus.
Mavs Win Rebounding Battle: It’s pretty safe to say one of the biggest concerns coming in would be the Mavs ability to rebound. Well, they didn’t just keep it close but actually won it 35-32. The Mavs were able to keep Marc Gasol off the boards (4 rebounds). Excluding Randolph’s 9 rebounds, no other Grizzlie’s player had more than 5.
Second Half: The Mavs were trailing 55-50 to start the half. The Mavs won the third (26-17) and the fourth (32-24) quarters.
Injuries: The Grizzlies were without their starting backcourt of Mike Conley and Tony Allen.
The Mavericks’ win didn’t only put them two games ahead of the 9th seeded Grizzlies, but with the Phoenix Suns losing tonight, the Mavs are now just a half game out of the 6th and 7th seed.
The Mavs head back home to face the Utah Jazz (16-32) Friday night at 7:30 PM CT.