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Recap: Memphis loses 17th straight in Dallas

Dallas created a winning streak versus Memphis on Saturday night.

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The Memphis Grizzlies faced the lowly Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Memphis was coming off a loss against the Utah Jazz on Friday night while Dallas hadn’t played a game since Tuesday night, a win at home versus Denver. This game actually had some meaning, a game that could predict the closing weeks of the draft lottery race.

The first quarter started slowly for both teams, the twin tanks were a combined 5-19 from the field by the 7:42 media timeout, Dallas led 6-5. The newly 10-day signee Xavier Rathan-Mayes saw first quarter minutes along with the rare Chandler Parsons sighting. Jarell Martin, who is averaging 16 points per game in March, struggled through the first quarter, missing his typical free throw line jumpers. Doug McDermott came in halfway through the quarter and caught fire, starting 3-3 including two threes in less than 30 seconds. Dallas ended the quarter on a 25-7 run, with little to report from the Grizzlies.

The Mavs ended the quarter with 19 rebounds which should give you an idea of how poor the shooting was for Memphis. The Grizz ended the quarter with just four made field goals, 4-23 for 16.7%. The score after one quarter was 31-13 in favor of Dallas. (This was the 35th quarter this season that Grizzlies have been outscored by double figures.)

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Memphis couldn’t find any consistent option on offense, hence why the scoring was so low. The problem was not shot attempts, the Grizzlies actually led Dallas in field goal attempts through the first half. The problem was that no one could actually make shots, which is an important part of basketball. Speaking of missing shots, Dirk Nowitzki had been averaging 19 points in the last three games but started the game 0-5.

The score was 39-17 by 8:24, Memphis was shooting 6-27 while Dallas maintained solid offense at 15-30. JaMychal Green emerged as the only viable option for the Grizzles to play through, though he was just 3-9 in the first half. He recorded a solid first half stat line with 9/7/2, leading the Grizzlies in scoring. Jarrell Martin really wanted to score, but on three consecutive possessions in the second quarter, he drove head-down to the rim and was stripped under the rim each time.

Per usual, Memphis fouled frequently; three players tallied three fouls in the first half. Dallas was 20-23 from the free throw line through two quarters compared to the 6-10 for Memphis. The Grizz ended the quarter 11-43 for 26.2%. Dallas was leading 56-30, shooting 17-39 and led by Harrison Barns with 14 points, he was 10-11 from the free throw line.

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Jarrell Martin knocked down a jumper to begin the third quarter. Chandler Parsons, who started the half, sparked the Grizzlies on the offensive end, a welcome sight for this game and for his development after injury. He hit two threes in the quarter, but commanded the floor as the point forward he was signed to be. Dillon Brooks ended the quarter with eight points, 11 total through three quarters. The difference was the offensive end for Memphis; they scored 33 points in the quarter, more than they scored in the first half.

Harrison Barnes continued to cook for Dallas, posting 11 points is the quarter, 25 through three quarters. Memphis didn’t foul nearly as much in the third quarter either, keeping them off the free throw line and creating a good flow for the game. The Grizzlies were 11-17 from the field in the quarter, 4-5 from three and 7-7 from the free throw line. It’s amazing how much more fun basketball is to watch and play when you make shots.

The fourth quarter was more of the same for both teams. Ben McLemore started the quarter with a jumper; he has played well recently in extended minutes, the tank MVP as he is known of late. A classic example of why the young guys will have to improve quickly happened early in the final quarter: Dillon Brooks played great defense on Wesley Matthews for 22 seconds, a loose ball weny pinballing around the lane, Matthews picked it up and was fouled by Kobi Simmons with 1.8 left on the shot clock. That just can’t happen.

Memphis was down 93-72 at the 9:29 mark with no sense of urgency through the fourth quarter. One high light was created on a steal from Simmons, who threw a behind-the-back pass to a trailing Deyonta Davis. Dallas reached 100 points with five minutes left in the game. The Grizzlies would lose this game by a season high 34 points, outscored 30-17 in the fourth quarter. The finals score was 114-80. Four of five starters reached double figured for Memphis, led by Dillon Brooks with 17 and JaMychal Green’s 14 and 10 double-double.

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 on 7-13 followed by and efficient 20 points on 8-11 shooting by J.J. Barea. Dallas has now won two games in a row.

The Grizzlies have lost 17 straight and 19 of 20 overall. Memphis will host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.