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Gasol's double-double leads Grizzlies over Mavericks, 96-91

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) This time the Memphis Grizzlies came out raring to go, though they couldn't sustain the momentum.

The Grizzlies turned back a second-half rally by Dallas and closed with a late run to pull away and preserve a 96-91 victory on Thursday night.

Marc Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Mike Conley added 22 points for the Grizzlies, who lost to the Mavericks 103-94 on Wednesday night in Dallas. The Grizzlies came out sluggish in the loss, but opened Thursday's game with a much better approach, building the lead to 22 in the first half and 20 in the third quarter.

Then almost saw it slip away.

''They made us play one-on-one, and then we got a little happy with that and stuck to it,'' Gasol said. ''We got enough stops, especially at the end, to stop the bleeding.''

The Grizzlies almost squandered away that second-half advantage. Wesley Matthews, who finished with 18 points, had four 3-pointers in the third to start the comeback. Then a fourth-quarter push gave the Mavericks an 86-84 lead with 3:56 left when J.J. Barea converted three free throws, capping an 18-8 run to open the quarter.

That was the last lead for Dallas, as Conley scored the next five points and had nine of the Grizzlies' next 10.

''We shouldn't have been in that position in the first place,'' Matthews said. ''We put ourselves there. . (Wednesday) night we had them down 19 playing the way we did in the second half. What team do we want to be?''

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki added 14 points.

Memphis led 28-14 after one and 54-35 at halftime and seemed in control of the game, holding the Mavericks to 27 percent shooting. Dallas hit only one of its 13 3-point shots before halftime.

''The second quarter was a killer,'' Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said, later adding: ''I loved the fight in three of the four quarters. I thought we played hard. The second quarter was what really did us in.''

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki has scored 1,445 points against the Grizzlies, more than any active player. Only Kobe Bryant, with 1,636, has more points against the Grizzlies. ... F Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury), G Seth Curry (stress reaction left tibia) and Devin Harris (personal reasons) were not with team. . Dallas hit only 14 of 40 shots inside the paint. ... Barnes recorded the third 20-10 game of his career.

Grizzlies: Gasol has scored at least 25 points in every game this season, except the opener against New Orleans. .It was Gasol's fourth double-double of the season. . Tyreke Evans recorded a season-high 19 points. . Jarell Martin recorded a career-high five blocks and tied his career high with nine rebounds.

A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

Evans' 19 points helped the Grizzlies bench outscore the Mavericks reserves 34-23, marking the fourth time in five games this season that the Memphis subs have outscored their counterparts. Wednesday's loss to Dallas was the only time this season the Memphis bench has been outscored.

MY BAD

The Mavericks, trailing 94-91 and with the ball in the closing 15 seconds, ended up with a forced 3-pointer from rookie Dennis Smith Jr. with 3 seconds left that was off the mark, preserving the Memphis win. ''That was on me,'' Carlisle said. ''With that amount of time, he has to know that a quick 2 is OK. I didn't make that clear to him, so that's on me. There's going to be many occasions like this where he learns a lot, but that one is my fault.''

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Grizzlies: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Team rebound 0:00
  Dennis Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Jarell Martin made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:01
+ 1 Jarell Martin made 1st of 2 free throws 0:01
  Personal foul on Dennis Smith Jr. 0:01
  Defensive rebound by Jarell Martin 0:01
  Dennis Smith Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:03
+ 1 Mike Conley made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:15
+ 1 Mike Conley made 1st of 2 free throws 0:15
  Personal foul on J.J. Barea 0:15
+ 3 Harrison Barnes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 0:16
Team Stats
Points 91 96
Field Goals 32-94 (34.0%) 30-73 (41.1%)
3-Pointers 10-34 (29.4%) 10-34 (29.4%)
Free Throws 17-20 (85.0%) 26-30 (86.7%)
Total Rebounds 61 51
Offensive 18 9
Defensive 35 37
Team 8 5
Assists 20 18
Steals 10 7
Blocks 3 6
Turnovers 14 18
Fouls 22 23
Technicals 4 0
22 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
25 PTS, 13 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Mavericks 1-5 1421332391
home team logo Grizzlies 4-1 2826222096
Team Stats
away team logo Mavericks 1-5 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Grizzlies 4-1 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
H. Barnes F 18.9 PPG 6.1 RPG 2.0 APG 44.5 FG%
M. Gasol C 17.2 PPG 8.1 RPG 4.2 APG 42.0 FG%
Top Scorers
H. Barnes F 22 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
M. Gasol C 25 PTS 13 REB 3 AST
34.0 FG% 41.1
29.4 3PT FG% 29.4
85.0 FT% 86.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 37 22 11 1 0 0 1 1 9/20 1/4 3/3 3 8 34 -1
W. Matthews 35 18 1 1 1 0 1 2 6/12 4/8 2/2 0 1 21 -6
D. Nowitzki 28 14 7 0 3 0 3 5 5/13 2/3 2/2 0 7 21 -8
D. Smith Jr. 32 9 3 9 2 1 4 2 4/14 0/4 1/3 0 3 29 +4
N. Noel 19 5 8 2 0 0 1 4 2/5 0/0 1/1 5 3 16 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 37 22 11 1 0 0 1 1 9/20 1/4 3/3 3 8 34 -1
W. Matthews 35 18 1 1 1 0 1 2 6/12 4/8 2/2 0 1 21 -6
D. Nowitzki 28 14 7 0 3 0 3 5 5/13 2/3 2/2 0 7 21 -8
D. Smith Jr. 32 9 3 9 2 1 4 2 4/14 0/4 1/3 0 3 29 +4
N. Noel 19 5 8 2 0 0 1 4 2/5 0/0 1/1 5 3 16 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Barea 24 9 3 4 1 0 3 2 2/10 2/7 3/3 0 3 18 -7
M. Kleber 11 6 4 1 0 1 0 0 2/8 1/5 1/2 2 2 13 +5
Y. Ferrell 21 4 2 1 2 0 1 2 0/6 0/2 4/4 1 1 9 -2
D. Powell 15 2 9 1 1 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 3 6 14 +3
S. Mejri 10 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 4 1 8 -17
G. Clavell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -2
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Withey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 91 53 20 10 3 14 22 32/94 10/34 17/20 18 35 183 -20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 33 25 13 3 0 0 5 3 8/16 1/4 8/8 0 13 39 -8
M. Conley 30 22 1 4 1 0 3 1 5/13 2/8 10/12 0 1 29 -4
J. Martin 31 8 9 1 0 5 1 5 2/6 2/3 2/3 3 6 23 -1
A. Harrison 20 4 0 1 1 0 3 2 1/6 0/4 2/2 0 0 4 -9
J. Ennis III 27 2 5 1 0 0 2 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 3 7 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 33 25 13 3 0 0 5 3 8/16 1/4 8/8 0 13 39 -8
M. Conley 30 22 1 4 1 0 3 1 5/13 2/8 10/12 0 1 29 -4
J. Martin 31 8 9 1 0 5 1 5 2/6 2/3 2/3 3 6 23 -1
A. Harrison 20 4 0 1 1 0 3 2 1/6 0/4 2/2 0 0 4 -9
J. Ennis III 27 2 5 1 0 0 2 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 2 3 7 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 22 19 6 1 1 0 2 1 7/12 3/5 2/2 2 4 26 +9
D. Brooks 24 7 5 0 2 0 1 3 3/7 1/2 0/1 0 5 13 +11
B. Wright 12 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 2/3 0/0 1/1 1 3 9 +6
C. Parsons 16 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 1 8 +5
M. Chalmers 20 0 2 6 1 0 1 5 0/4 0/3 0/0 1 1 14 +4
B. McLemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 96 46 18 7 6 18 23 30/73 10/34 26/30 9 37 172 +20