The two teams would trade the lead early, before Memphis jumped out to a 6-point lead at 21-15 with about 3:00 to go in the first. After the Dallas Mavericks scored the next basket, the Grizzlies went on a CJ Miles led 12-4 run to close the first up 33-21.
Through the first 15 minutes of action, neither team was really shooting the ball that well, especially from deep. The Grizzlies started out a paltry 2-of-9 from 3, while Dallas, not to be outdone, started 1-of-11 from 3.
Joakim Noah made an impact almost immediately, getting six points and rebounds each, to go with two assists and two blocks in his first 8:59 of action.
15 first-half points from Avery Bradley, including a 3 with :45 to go in the half, helped the Grizzlies to a 13-point 62-49 point half. Bradley was a plus-14 in the first half, only outdone by Miles’ plus-19 in 13:32. The only player to score more than Bradley through two quarters was Luka Doncic, who scored 10 in the second quarter to give him 16 in the half.
Things got off to a rough start in the third as two quick threes by Dirk Nowitzki and Doncic forced a quick timeout from JB Bickerstaff. Mike Conley shortly picked up his fourth foul and a trip to the bench, which meant more action in the third for MIles as Justin Holiday suffered an apparently-not-very-serious knee injury early in the first.
The Grizzlies shortly thereafter picked up the 5th team foul of the third with almost eight minutes to go in the quarter. Fortunately, over the next few minutes they kept Dallas off the line and maintained their reacquired double-digit lead.
Back-to-back threes from Chandler Parsons and Jevon Carter gave Memphis their biggest lead (at that point) of the game at 18, 83-65 with 3:05 to go in the third. Several missed shots and free throws from Dallas, two free throws from Noah, a Parsons runner, and another three from Carter put the Grizzlies up 25 points, 90-65. Two free throws from Dallas made it 90-67 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter ended up being a lot of the same as the first three. Dallas taking and missing lots of threes and Memphis taking advantage of the size mismatch down low. A three by MIles put the Grizzlies up 100-71 with 6:45 to go. Two minutes later Carter would hit another from deep to put Memphis up 30.
From there it was all over except for crossing the i’s and dotting the t’s.
Valanciunas led the way for the Grizzlies with another double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bradley finished up with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists. Caboclo almost had a double-double of his own with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Doncic only scored 6 in the second half to lead all scorers with 22.
- The 36-point lead was the biggest advantage by the Grizzlies in any game this season.
- Joakim Noah has averaged 15.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game since the All-Star break.
- The Mavericks shot 17.5% from long range going 7-of-40 for the night from distance. Overall, Dallas shot just 30.6% while Memphis shot 50% overall and 41% from three.
The Grizzlies are back in action Sunday evening in Oklahoma City as they take on Paul George, Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder at 6:00pm.