Mavericks 105, Grizzlies 91

Art Garcia, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DALLAS -- The Memphis Grizzlies are tired and beat up, which is not exactly a recipe for success going against a Dallas Mavericks squad on the opposite end of that spectrum.
The well-rested Mavericks, healthier than at any point this season, had little trouble in a 105-91 victory over their Southwest Division foes Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center.
Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points in only 27 minutes, as coach Rick Carlisle had the luxury of going deep into his bench. Ten Mavericks logged at least 13 minutes and no one played more than 32.
Dallas forward Vince Carter scored 14 off the bench, guard Monta Ellis had 18 and backcourt mate Jose Calderon added 12 points. Forward Shawn Marion had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Dallas (15-10), off since Saturday, won the first two games of a three-game homestand that ends Friday with Toronto. The Mavericks are 11-2 at the American Airlines Center this season.
Memphis, without three starters and playing on the second night of a back-to-back, struggled to find much offensive rhythm in losing its fifth straight. The Grizzlies (10-15) have dropped both games to Dallas this season and are 0-7 against division opponents.
Struggling forward Zach Randolph scored 14 points for the Grizzlies, but made just 5 of 18 shots. Over the last 12 games, Randolph has shot at least 50 percent in a game just once.
Memphis guard Tony Allen scored 16 and pulled down 11 rebounds. A pair of reserves -- forward Ed Davis and guard Nick Calathes -- scored in double figures. Guard Jerryd Bayless, starting in place of Mike Conley, was 3-13 from the floor and scored just seven points.
The Grizzlies, down 13 at the half, did make a run in the third quarter to pull within four points (66-62) on forward Mike Miller's 3-pointer. The Mavericks responded and were back up 12 going into the fourth.
Dallas led by as many as 21 in the fourth, and Memphis coach David Joerger emptied his bench for the final three minutes. Carlisle pulled his starters for the last two minutes.
The Mavericks took control of the game early behind Nowitzki and Marion. Carter and Calderon came on strong in the second quarter, pushing Dallas' advantage into double digits.
The Grizzlies shot only 36 percent in the first half, but did enjoy a 30-14 edge in points in the paint. The Mavericks knocked down 53 percent and went into the locker room up 52-39.
NOTES: Memphis G Mike Conley (left thigh contusion) missed his second straight game. The Grizzlies also were without and F Tayshaun Prince (knee), C Marc Gasol and F Quincy Pondexter. ... Dallas F Dirk Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle were back after missing one game due to illness. ... Dallas G Devin Harris (toe) likely won't return until January. He had hoped to return this month. ... The Grizzlies have played the league's third-toughest schedule going into Wednesday, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Memphis opponents thus far had a .534 winning percentage.

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