Memphis (15-14) at Dallas (16-12)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Dec 27, 2003
  • TV: WMC, FSSW
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Coming off an inspiring come-from-behind Christmas Day victory over the NBA’s best home team, the Dallas Mavericks host the Memphis Grizzlies at the American Airlines Center.

Dallas snapped a season-high four-game losing streak Thursday, beating the Sacramento Kings 111-103 at Arco Arena. The Mavericks overcame a 16-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Kings 67-43 the rest of the way.

“Obviously, we needed to stop that losing streak, but we also played a good half of basketball, which we haven’t seen in a while,” said Mavs forward Antoine Walker, who 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

“Hopefully we can use it as a springboard.”

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 31 points and 14 rebounds. Antawn Jamison had 22 points, Steve Nash added 14 points and 11 assists and Michael Finley contributed 12 points.

“If you look at our team, we have an unbelievable squad,” said Nowitzki, who didn’t commit a turnover in 47 minutes. “We just haven’t been clicking. It was fun to watch us finally come through. It’s good to see that we can still execute.”

The Mavs dropped a 108-101 overtime decision at Memphis on Nov. 15, just their fifth defeat in 32 all-time meetings with the Grizzlies. Dallas is 13-3 all-time at home against Memphis, including 4-0 at the American Airlines Center.

The Grizzlies have lost a season-high four in a row, including Friday’s 98-94 setback to the New York Knicks.

Pau Gasol scored 20 points to lead six Grizzlies in double figures. Jason Williams added 18 points and seven assists, while James Posey finished with 13 points. Lorenzen Wright scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

However, the Grizzlies allowed the Knicks to shoot 52 percent.

“We were very displeased with our effort,” Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. “We let a team shoot 52 percent in this building, which is rare this year.”

Gasol is averaging 22.3 points and 11 rebounds in his last three games.

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