This game marked the 2nd in a row for the Grizzlies where they came out to a hot start, leading 14-3 at the 6:00 mark of the first quarter. The Grizzlies’ offense cooled off, but the defense continued to be aggressive, leading the charge for a Memphis 21-19 lead.
It was also a rare first quarter appearance for rookies Deyonta Davis, Wade Baldwin IV, and Wayne Selden as the Grizzlies were thin with injuries tonight.
Another quarter, another scoring run to start. The Grizzlies leapt out to a 30-19 lead just 1:54 into the 2nd quarter on a 9-0 run. The Grizzlies defense was suffocating and held the Mavs to a paltry 22% shooting in the first half. Troy Daniels also shot 4/6 from the 3-point line, and the Grizzlies led the Mavericks at the halfway point, 55-34.
The 2nd half didn’t start as well for the Grizzlies. The Mavericks opened with a 16-4 run to cut the deficit to single digits. The Grizzlies were sloppy and the Mavericks’ shooting finally showed some life. Troy Daniels kept providing offensive firepower though, adding 2 more threes to his total (he finished with 21 points, 7/11 from 3-point land) as the Grizzlies still kept the lead, 73-62 at the end of three.
The Grizz were able to keep the wire-to-wire lead throughout the 4th quarter to win. The game was in doubt near the end after two quick three-pointers from Dirk Nowitzki and J.J. Barea to cut the lead to 5 with under 2 minutes to play. The Grizzlies were able to put the game away when Mike Conley made 5/6 free throws in the final 30 seconds to put the game out of reach.
With the win, the Grizzlies clinched their 7th consecutive playoff berth. Their next game is a road trip to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Sunday.