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Dirk dunks as Wright helps Grizzlies beat Mavericks 122-112

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki set a screen for a pick-and-roll a few seconds into what could be the second-to-last home game for the longtime star of the Dallas Mavericks.

Once the pass arrived as the 40-year-old strolled down a wide-open lane, Nowitzki figured the moment for his first dunk in his record 21st season with the same franchise had arrived.

And after that, the outcome of a meaningless late-season game mattered even less.

Delon Wright set career highs with 26 points and 14 assists in his first triple-double after Nowitzki's two-handed slam opened the scoring, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Mavericks 122-112 on Friday night.

''I thought, `It's now or never,''' Nowitzki said of the moment after grabbing the pass from seldom-used guard Courtney Lee, starting against his former team because rookie sensation Luka Doncic was nursing a sore thigh.

''I put all the energy I could in my right leg and squeezed it over the rim. Definitely a highlight of my season.''

While almost exactly half of the smooth-shooting 7-footer's baskets this season are his signature 3-pointers, Nowitzki now can say he has at least one dunk in each season if he decides one more than Kobe Bryant's previous record of 20 seasons with the Lakers is enough.

Nowitzki hung on the rim for emphasis, staring at nobody in particular in the crowd.

''I was so happy with myself, I didn't know if I should stay up there and slap the glass,'' he said. ''Then I went back, so I didn't really see what the bench was doing.''

Rest assured, teammates went bonkers. Among those celebrating in street clothes - putting his hands to his head with his mouth open - was young Euro star Kristaps Porzingis, who grew up watching Nowitzki and has said he'd love to play with the big German next season.

The Mavericks acquired Porzingis in a blockbuster deal with the Knicks, but chose not to play the 7-3 Latvian as he continues to recover from a torn knee ligament sustained with the Knicks last season.

While Nowitzki is steadfastly mum on the issue of a 22nd season, saying he wants to see how he feels after the finale at San Antonio on Wednesday, owner Mark Cuban is making no secret about big plans for the final home game of the season Tuesday against Phoenix.

Road games have had the feel of a farewell tour, and Dallas County commissioners recently declared April the ''month of Dirk'' while commemorating the 14-time All-Star passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth on the career scoring list.

Nowitzki left to a standing ovation in the fourth quarter, finishing with 12 points and seven defensive rebounds. He needs one defensive rebound to become the fifth NBA player with 10,000 for his career.

''It's been a fun ride the last couple of months, emotional at times,'' Nowitzki said. ''At times a little overwhelmed with it but trying to make the best out of it, enjoy, soak it all up.''

Wright secured his triple-double with his 10th rebound in the final minute.

''I think I had one in high school. Yeah, it's been a while,'' said the fourth-year guard, who previously scored 25 twice, mostly recently against Portland on March 5. ''I haven't gotten the minutes in the NBA I feel like to get it, so now that I'm finally playing a lot, it's easier for me to get it.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Chandler Parsons, who spent two seasons in Dallas and still gets booed by Mavericks fans after signing with the Grizzlies as a free agent three years ago, scored 11 points. ... C Tyler Zeller scored 10 points after signing for the rest of the season earlier in the day. ... A 25-4 Memphis run covering the first and second quarters turned a 30-21 deficit into a 45-35 lead.

Mavericks: Lee led Dallas with season highs of 21 points and seven assists, and Justin Jackson added 19. ... Nowitzki led the Mavericks with his seven rebounds, and Lee had a team-high seven assists. ... C Salah Mejri had 12 points, five rebounds, a career-high five assists and three blocks, matching his season high, in 19 minutes.

MISSING MAVS, AND GRIZZ

Doncic's first-year backcourt mate, Jalen Brunson, also sat for Dallas along with center Dwight Powell. Mike Conley, Memphis' leading scorer, missed his third straight game with left ankle soreness.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Justin Holiday scored 20 points on his 30th birthday as Memphis won again after blowing out the Mavericks by 30 on their home court in early March. The Grizzlies will go for a four-game season sweep Sunday at home. The teams came in with matching 31-47 records.

UP NEXT

The teams play again Sunday in Memphis.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42 +2 Dirk Nowitzki made dunk, assist by Courtney Lee 0-2
11:29   Personal foul on Courtney Lee  
11:18   DAL team rebound  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Tyler Dorsey  
10:51   Bruno Caboclo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:44   Shooting foul on Tyler Dorsey  
10:44   Trey Burke missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:44   DAL team rebound  
10:44 +1 Trey Burke made 2nd of 2 free throws 0-3
10:29 +2 Delon Wright made finger-roll layup 2-3
10:18 +2 Justin Jackson made running Jump Shot 2-5
10:03   Defensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
9:58 +2 Justin Jackson made running Jump Shot 2-7
9:44 +2 Delon Wright made hook shot 4-7
9:26   Offensive rebound by Maxi Kleber  
9:19 +3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bruno Caboclo 7-7
8:53   Bad pass turnover on Justin Holiday, stolen by Justin Jackson  
8:51   Justin Jackson missed driving layup  
8:49   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
8:44   Bad pass turnover on Bruno Caboclo, stolen by Courtney Lee  
8:26 +2 Trey Burke made fade-away jump shot 7-12
8:19   Shooting foul on Dirk Nowitzki  
8:19   Delon Wright missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:19   MEM team rebound  
8:19 +1 Delon Wright made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-12
8:05   Defensive rebound by Tyler Dorsey  
8:02 +2 Justin Holiday made layup, assist by Tyler Dorsey 10-12
7:45 +2 Dirk Nowitzki made turnaround jump shot, assist by Courtney Lee 10-14
7:31   Tyler Dorsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:29   Offensive rebound by Ivan Rabb  
7:15 +2 Delon Wright made jump shot 12-14
7:01 +2 Trey Burke made jump shot, assist by Justin Jackson 12-16
6:42 +2 Tyler Dorsey made running Jump Shot 14-16
6:31   Justin Jackson missed running Jump Shot  
6:29   Defensive rebound by Ivan Rabb  
6:18   Tyler Dorsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:15   Offensive rebound by Bruno Caboclo  
6:09   Lost ball turnover on Tyler Dorsey, stolen by Courtney Lee  
6:05 +2 Courtney Lee made layup 14-18
5:44   Defensive rebound by Dorian Finney-Smith  
5:36 +3 Justin Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dorian Finney-Smith 14-21
5:20   Ivan Rabb missed driving layup  
5:17   Offensive rebound by Ivan Rabb  
5:17 +2 Ivan Rabb made dunk 16-21
5:02 +3 Salah Mejri made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Courtney Lee 16-24
4:42   Justin Holiday missed jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri  
4:30   Courtney Lee missed jump shot  
4:28   Offensive rebound by Courtney Lee  
4:20   Bad pass turnover on Dorian Finney-Smith, stolen by Justin Holiday  
4:16 +2 Delon Wright made dunk, assist by Justin Holiday 18-24
3:58   Courtney Lee missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:59   MEM team rebound  
3:49 +3 Bruno Caboclo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jevon Carter 21-24
3:39   Shooting foul on Tyler Zeller  
3:39 +1 Salah Mejri made 1st of 2 free throws 21-25
3:37   Defensive rebound by Chandler Parsons  
3:21   Tyler Zeller missed hook shot  
3:16   Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri  
3:09 +3 Justin Jackson made 3-pt. jump shot 21-28
3:00 +2 Courtney Lee made driving dunk 21-30
2:43   Julian Washburn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Ryan Broekhoff  
2:26   Shooting foul on Tyler Zeller  
2:26   Salah Mejri missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:26   Salah Mejri missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
2:11   Salah Mejri missed layup  
2:10   DAL team rebound  
2:03   Salah Mejri missed floating jump shot  
2:01   MEM team rebound  
1:29   Dorian Finney-Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:22 +3 Chandler Parsons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 26-30
1:06   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
1:03   Personal foul on Ryan Broekhoff  
0:51   Shooting foul on Salah Mejri  
0:51 +1 Tyler Zeller made 1st of 2 free throws 27-30
0:51 +1 Tyler Zeller made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-30
0:34   Daryl Macon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:31   Defensive rebound by Tyler Zeller  
0:18 +3 Delon Wright made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chandler Parsons 31-30
0:04   Personal foul on Delon Wright  
0:01   Lost ball turnover on Ryan Broekhoff, stolen by Julian Washburn  
0:01   Julian Washburn missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Chandler Parsons missed jump shot  
11:40   Defensive rebound by Maxi Kleber  
11:28   Bad pass turnover on Maxi Kleber, stolen by Tyler Zeller  
11:23   Shooting foul on Daryl Macon  
11:23 +1 Jevon Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-30
11:07   Bad pass turnover on Daryl Macon, stolen by Delon Wright  
11:03 +2 Chandler Parsons made layup, assist by Delon Wright 34-30
10:52 +3 Dirk Nowitzki made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devin Harris 34-33
10:33 +2 Delon Wright made turnaround jump shot 36-33
10:21   Ryan Broekhoff missed layup  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Chandler Parsons  
10:11   Defensive rebound by Devin Harris  
10:09   Out of bounds turnover on Devin Harris  
9:45 +2 Ivan Rabb made dunk, assist by Delon Wright 38-33
9:32   Shooting foul on Julian Washburn  
9:32   Ryan Broekhoff missed 1st of 3 free throws  
9:32   DAL team rebound  
9:32 +1 Ryan Broekhoff made 2nd of 3 free throws 38-34
9:32 +1 Ryan Broekhoff made 3rd of 3 free throws 38-35
9:09   Dirk Nowitzki missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:06   Defensive rebound by Yuta Watanabe  
8:55 +2 Ivan Rabb made floating jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 40-35
8:37   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
8:26   Delon Wright missed driving layup  
8:24   Defensive rebound by Dirk Nowitzki  
8:02   Maxi Kleber missed finger-roll layup  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Tyler Dorsey  
7:56 +3 Julian Washburn made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 43-35
7:44   Bad pass turnover on Daryl Macon, stolen by Yuta Watanabe  
7:41 +2 Julian Washburn made dunk, assist by Yuta Watanabe 45-35
7:28   Shooting foul on Yuta Watanabe  
7:28   Maxi Kleber missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:28   Maxi Kleber missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:28 +1 Maxi Kleber made 2nd of 2 free throws 45-36
7:11 +2 Ivan Rabb made driving layup, assist by Julian Washburn 47-36
6:57 +2 Dirk Nowitzki made jump shot, assist by Justin Jackson 47-38
6:34 +2 Yuta Watanabe made driving dunk, assist by Ivan Rabb 49-38
6:22 +3 Maxi Kleber made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dirk Nowitzki 49-41
6:06   Traveling violation turnover on Yuta Watanabe  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
5:48 +2 Delon Wright made layup 51-41
5:48   Shooting foul on Dirk Nowitzki  
5:48 +1 Delon Wright made free throw 52-41
5:27   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
5:16   Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri  
5:12   Justin Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:08   Defensive rebound by Bruno Caboclo  
4:51   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:34 +2 Courtney Lee made jump shot, assist by Salah Mejri 52-43
4:23   Ivan Rabb missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:13   Bad pass turnover on Dorian Finney-Smith, stolen by Justin Holiday  
4:08 +2 Delon Wright made layup, assist by Bruno Caboclo 54-43
3:38   Tyler Dorsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:35   Offensive rebound by Bruno Caboclo  
3:29   Out of bounds turnover on Bruno Caboclo  
3:00   Bruno Caboclo missed driving layup, blocked by Salah Mejri  
2:57   Offensive rebound by Tyler Dorsey  
2:52 +2 Tyler Dorsey made dunk 56-45
2:47 +3 Courtney Lee made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Salah Mejri 56-48
2:33   Defensive rebound by Courtney Lee  
2:21   Shooting foul on Justin Holiday  
2:21 +1 Justin Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 56-49
2:21 +1 Justin Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-50
2:06   Offensive rebound by Jevon Carter  
1:52 +3 Chandler Parsons made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jevon Carter 59-50
1:35   Personal foul on Chandler Parsons  
1:28 +2 Salah Mejri made floating jump shot, assist by Dorian Finney-Smith 59-52
1:12   Defensive rebound by Dorian Finney-Smith  
1:01   Salah Mejri missed driving layup, blocked by Justin Holiday  
1:01   DAL team rebound  
0:57   Dorian Finney-Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:55   Offensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
0:47   Personal foul on Chandler Parsons  
0:47   Salah Mejri missed 1st of 2 free throws  
0:47   DAL team rebound  
0:47 +1 Salah Mejri made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-53
0:31 +3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 62-53
0:10   Justin Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:02 +3 Jevon Carter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Chandler Parsons 65-53
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:29 +2 Maxi Kleber made dunk, assist by Courtney Lee 67-55
11:15   Tyler Dorsey missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:58   Out of bounds turnover on Courtney Lee  
10:50   Justin Holiday missed floating jump shot  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
10:28 +2 Courtney Lee made jump shot, assist by Trey Burke 67-57
10:11 +2 Delon Wright made driving layup 69-57
10:00 +2 Trey Burke made finger-roll layup 69-59
9:45   Ivan Rabb missed layup  
9:43   Defensive rebound by Dirk Nowitzki  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Delon Wright  
9:32 +2 Justin Holiday made driving layup, assist by Delon Wright 71-59
9:32   Shooting foul on Dirk Nowitzki  
9:32 +1 Justin Holiday made free throw 72-59
9:15   Offensive rebound by Maxi Kleber  
9:00 +2 Tyler Dorsey made jump shot 74-59
8:43 +2 Courtney Lee made fade-away jump shot 74-61
8:27   Personal foul on Justin Jackson  
8:01   Courtney Lee missed jump shot, blocked by Bruno Caboclo  
7:59   Defensive rebound by Ivan Rabb  
7:51   Ivan Rabb missed jump shot  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Justin Jackson  
7:37   Personal foul on Trey Burke  
7:25   Offensive rebound by Ivan Rabb  
7:25   Shooting foul on Courtney Lee  
7:25 +1 Ivan Rabb made 2nd of 2 free throws 79-61
7:11   Justin Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
6:58   Offensive rebound by Ivan Rabb  
6:58   Ivan Rabb missed dunk  
6:58   Defensive rebound by Dirk Nowitzki  
6:58   Personal foul on Ivan Rabb  
6:41 +3 Courtney Lee made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dorian Finney-Smith 79-64
6:30 +3 Bruno Caboclo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Delon Wright 82-64
6:04   Lost ball turnover on Salah Mejri, stolen by Delon Wright  
5:57 +2 Tyler Dorsey made layup, assist by Justin Holiday 84-64
5:43   Justin Jackson missed jump shot  
5:39   MEM team rebound  
5:25   DAL team rebound  
5:14   Salah Mejri missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:13   Personal foul on Justin Jackson  
5:13 +1 Tyler Dorsey made 1st of 2 free throws 85-64
5:13 +1 Tyler Dorsey made 2nd of 2 free throws 86-64
5:01 +2 Dorian Finney-Smith made driving layup, assist by Courtney Lee 86-66
5:01   Shooting foul on Tyler Zeller  
5:01 +1 Dorian Finney-Smith made free throw 86-67
4:42   Traveling violation turnover on Julian Washburn  
4:30 +2 Salah Mejri made dunk, assist by Justin Jackson 86-69
4:12 +2 Tyler Dorsey made driving layup 88-69
3:51   Tyler Zeller missed driving layup  
3:48   Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri  
3:38   Justin Jackson missed driving layup  
3:37   Offensive rebound by Courtney Lee  
3:23   Tyler Dorsey missed layup, blocked by Salah Mejri  
3:23   DAL team rebound  
3:09   Shooting foul on Jevon Carter  
3:09 +1 Trey Burke made 1st of 3 free throws 88-73
3:09 +1 Trey Burke made 2nd of 3 free throws 88-74
3:09 +1 Trey Burke made 3rd of 3 free throws 88-75
2:45   Jevon Carter missed jump shot  
2:42   Defensive rebound by Ryan Broekhoff  
2:31   Ryan Broekhoff missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:17 +2 Tyler Zeller made dunk 90-75
2:05   Shooting foul on Justin Holiday  
2:05 +1 Trey Burke made free throw 90-78
1:45   Chandler Parsons missed floating jump shot  
1:44   Offensive rebound by Tyler Zeller  
1:44   Shooting foul on Ryan Broekhoff  
1:44 +1 Tyler Zeller made 1st of 2 free throws 91-78
1:44 +1 Tyler Zeller made 2nd of 2 free throws 92-78
1:36 +3 Salah Mejri made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devin Harris 92-81
1:18 +2 Tyler Zeller made dunk, assist by Delon Wright 94-81
1:05 +3 Devin Harris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Salah Mejri 94-84
0:44   Offensive rebound by Delon Wright  
0:41 +3 Delon Wright made 3-pt. jump shot 97-84
0:19   Personal foul on Dorian Finney-Smith  
0:19 +1 Delon Wright made 1st of 2 free throws 98-84
0:19 +1 Delon Wright made 2nd of 2 free throws 99-84
0:01   Devin Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   End of period  

4th Quarter