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Mavs vs. Grizzlies

The Mavs fell to the Grizzlies in Wednesday's season finale, setting up a first-round playoff matchup against old foe San Antonio.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It all came down to one game.

With their spot in the Western Conference playoffs already secure, the Dallas Mavericks stepped into FedEx Forum with their eyes on going into the postseason on a high note. Needing to sweep the season series with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Mavericks looked to seize the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff picture. The Mavs also sought win No. 50 for a 14th time in franchise history.

But instead the Mavericks (49-33) would receive their first taste of playoff basketball, sliding to the eighth spot and setting up a matchup against the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round after a 106-105 overtime loss.

“We went out and we played our hearts out,” Mavs 2-guard Monta Ellis said of the loss. “I mean, we did enough to get it to overtime and make our run, and you know, we came up short. But I think we finished the regular season on a positive note, and we’re about to get ready for the playoffs now.”

Looking for an NBA-best seventh straight road win, the Mavericks also attempted to get off to a fast start while trying to end Memphis’ 13-game home winning streak. However, the Grizzlies (50-32) would quickly turn into the aggressors early on, leaning on their big men duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph inside to take an advantage. And despite the best efforts of 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavs trailed by as many as 10 before entering the second period down 29-24.

Quickly moving into double figures as the second stanza got underway, Nowitzki stayed on the attack as the Mavericks clawed their way back into the game. The 7-footer then got some assistance from the Mavs’ supporting cast, tying the game on reserve guard Devin Harris’ driving score with 6:40 remaining in the half before a tip-in by backup big man Brandan Wright put the visiting team on top.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from point guard Jose Calderon and forward Shawn Marion then paced the Mavs into the halftime intermission with a 53-51 edge.

Led by Nowitzki’s 14 first-half points on 6-of-9 shooting, the Mavericks’ 53.5 percent from the field as a team bettered the Grizzlies’ 50 percent. The Mavs also overcame a 24-15 rebounding deficit through two quarters of play.

After committing three fouls through the first two quarters, it didn’t take Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert long to commit his fourth before being forced to sit with 10:48 left in the third period. However, the Mavs would continue to hold their own as Nowitzki attempted to will his team.

Emotions then got the best of Mavs coach Rick Carlisle when he was assessed a technical foul for arguing with officials as 5:51 remained in the quarter. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies charged in front on the scoreboard while Mavs sixth man Vince Carter did his best to keep the Dallas team in the game. Memphis then took a 75-73 edge into the fourth.

“It was back and forth the whole game,” Wright said. “It was a tough game and we both played hard.”

After a basket by Wright to open the fourth quarter, Nowitzki slid back into the scoring with a 3-pointer from the wing to put the Mavs back in front. Nowitzki didn’t stop there, raining in jumpers to keep the Grizzlies at a safe distance. But Randolph would do his best to match Nowitzki score for score as the home team refused to give in easily.

The Dallas defense then intervened when Harris drew an offensive foul on Grizzlies swingman Tony Allen to protect an 86-82 lead with 6:45 remaining. The Mavs continued to scramble from there, stringing together defensive stops. Still, following a 3-pointer by Mike Miller, the Grizzlies regained the lead at 89-88.

Down 91-90 with 1:52 left to recover, Carlisle called for a timeout to settle his team down. But a Randolph score inside over Wright with 1:22 remaining would push the separation to three. The Mavs’ offense then grew stagnant, unable to score down the stretch. However, after Harris drew another charge on Mike Conley with 20.3 seconds left, the Mavericks still had another chance to tie the game.

Ellis then disregarded his own cold-shooting night, rising to the occasion to swish in a game-tying trey with 13.0 seconds remaining. And after a miss by Randolph led to a reset with .9 ticks left, DeJuan Blair’s steal on the inbound pass sent the game into an extra period.

With Ellis continuing to stroke the hot hand, the Mavs began to gain some traction in the overtime. Ellis’ driving score with 2:07 left then forced a Memphis timeout as the Mavs jumped out to a 102-98 lead. But the Grizzlies came right back, tying the game at 102-all on Allen’s driving score with 1:03 on the clock.

Not to be outdone, Nowitzki calmly stepped into a 3-pointer and found nothing but the bottom of the net. But Allen would again answer. And after a drive by Conley led to a foul on Carter and subsequent 2-for-2 trip to the free-throw line, the Mavericks found themselves down one with 1.1 seconds to respond.

Unable to get the ball in, Carter wisely called for the team’s final two timeouts on the final inbound play. Carlisle then drew up a play for Calderon to inbound the ball. Still, after Calderon found Ellis for a perimeter jumper, the Mavericks would be forced to walk off the court with a defeat after the shot drew all iron as time expired.

“It just didn’t go our way,” Nowitzki concluded. “It went back and fourth, and I thought Monta played a heck of a fourth quarter and overtime. It could have gone each way down the stretch. … We kept making plays and kept coming. There were some tough calls here and there, but we kept competing against a very good and physical team. We just fell one play short, but I like the way we competed and went at it with a great team.”

Scoring 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting, Nowitzki led four Mavericks in double figures during a losing effort. Ellis finished with 18 points on 8-of-21 shooting. Meanwhile, Harris and Wright scored 10 points apiece off the bench.

Randolph led five Grizzlies in double figures with 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting to go along with 14 rebounds. Memphis also outshot Dallas on the night, 48.9 percent to 47.8 percent, adding a 48-39 rebounding advantage.

“We had our chances,” Carlisle confessed. “Our guys played with a lot of courage, a lot of guts, and they hung in there. You know, there were some calls that I thought were pretty clearly missed, and we played through those things and gave ourselves a great chance. It ends up coming down to one shot, which probably it should in a game like this. But, look, we’ve got to regroup and we’ve got to get ready for San Antonio.”

Note: The Mavericks will now head to San Antonio to begin their first-round playoff series Sunday against the Spurs. San Antonio won the season series 4-0. Game 1 will air nationally on TNT and locally on TXA 21 at noon CT.

The series schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Dallas at San Antonio, noon CT on TNT and TXA 21, Sunday, April 20
Game 2: Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. CT on NBA TV and TXA 21, Wednesday, April 23
Game 3: San Antonio at Dallas, 3:30 p.m. CT on TNT and TXA 21, Saturday, April 26
Game 4: San Antonio at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. CT on TNT and TXA 21, Monday, April 28
Game 5 (if necessary): Dallas at San Antonio CT, TBD, Wednesday, April 30
Game 6 (if necessary): San Antonio at Dallas CT, TBD, Friday, May 2
Game 7 (if necessary): Dallas at San Antonio CT, TBD, Sunday, May 4

Single-game tickets for the first two Mavs home games of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs are on sale now. Tickets are available at the American Airlines Center box office, online at mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS. There is an eight-ticket limit per game.

Dallas Mavericks
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Shawn Marion, F 32 4-8 1-3 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 0 0 1 -21 9
Dirk Nowitzki, F 45 12-22 3-9 3-3 0 5 5 2 0 4 2 1 8 30
Samuel Dalembert, C 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 2 5 -5 2
Monta Ellis, G 41 8-21 2-4 0-0 1 5 6 4 2 0 2 0 -13 18
Jose Calderon, G 27 4-8 1-5 0-0 1 1 2 5 0 0 1 3 -9 9
DeJuan Blair 16 2-5 0-0 4-4 5 2 7 0 2 0 0 2 -9 8
Vince Carter 26 4-11 1-4 0-2 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 4 7 9
Devin Harris 25 4-8 0-3 2-2 0 3 3 10 2 0 4 2 8 10
Brandan Wright 24 5-5 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 13 10
Jae Crowder 12 0-2 0-2 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 0 0 1 16 0
Wayne Ellington 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bernard James 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shane Larkin 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ricky Ledo 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gal Mekel 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    44-92 8-30 9-11 15 24 39 22 11 4 13 23   105
    47.8% 26.7% 81.8%                    
Memphis Grizzlies
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Tayshaun Prince, F 25 2-7 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 6 4
Zach Randolph, F 46 11-22 0-0 5-6 9 5 14 1 1 0 3 5 10 27
Marc Gasol, C 46 9-13 0-1 1-4 1 8 9 9 2 1 0 2 12 19
Courtney Lee, G 35 3-10 2-8 3-3 0 1 1 3 0 0 2 1 6 11
Mike Conley, G 41 8-16 1-5 5-7 0 4 4 5 2 0 3 4 8 22
Nick Calathes 11 1-2 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 -7 3
Tony Allen 22 6-11 0-1 1-5 4 3 7 2 1 0 3 2 -6 13
Ed Davis 12 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 2 1 -13 4
Mike Miller 24 1-5 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 2 0 0 3 1 -11 3
Jamaal Franklin 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
James Johnson 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kosta Koufos 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Leuer 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Quincy Pondexter 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Beno Udrih 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
    43-88 5-20 15-25 20 28 48 25 7 1 17 16   106
    48.9% 25.0% 60.0%                    

Dirk’s And-One

Dirk Nowitzki goes up with the shot and gets it to fall while picking up the foul for the chance at the and-one.

 

Practice Report: Monta Ellis

Mavs G Monta Ellis says it's a great honor to win Western Conference Player of the Week, talks about how focused the team is on reaching the 50-win milestone and says the reason he and Dirk have meshed so well is because they both have a strong will to win.

 

Practice Report: Vince Carter

Mavs G-F Vince Carter talks about the significance of moving into the top 25 of the NBA's all-time scoring list, not looking past Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies and more.

 

Practice Report: Dirk Nowitzki

Mavs F Dirk Nowitzki dishes on what Monta Ellis has brought to the team, how gratifying it is to be back in the playoffs, Wednesday's season finale against Memphis and much more.

 

Practice Report: Rick Carlisle

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle discusses the importance winning 50 games, moving up in the standings and says the team is prepared to throw the kitchen sink at the Grizzlies Wednesday night.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Despite the natural perception that Wednesday night’s matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies is for the right to avoid the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, something else is also at stake.

Although both teams are a combined 0-8 this season against the top-seeded Spurs, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle says Wednesday’s regular-season finale is not only about claiming the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff picture to avoid San Antonio in a first-round matchup. Carlisle adds that the opportunity to claim the 14th season in franchise history that the Mavericks (49-32) have captured at least 50 wins will also motivate his team as it takes the court in a final test before the postseason.

“We’re not even thinking about that kind of stuff,” Carlisle said following his team’s Wednesday morning walkthrough while turning the attention away from a potential playoff series against the Spurs should the Mavs falter Wednesday.

He added: “If you can get a higher seed, if you can get 50 wins, you do it. We’ve gotten into the playoffs. Now, we’ve got an opportunity to take it a step further. I mean, to get a higher seed and get 50 wins is a big deal, so that’s what we want to do.”

Looking to complete the season series sweep of the Grizzlies (49-32) for the first time in six years, the Mavericks will also attempt to bring to an end Memphis’ 13-game home winning streak. More importantly, the Mavs will try to use Wednesday’s outing as a precursor for the playoffs, looking to elevator their play before traveling on the road to meet their first-round opponent.

And with a cast of veterans that are well aware of the opportunity that awaits them, Carlisle is confident that his team doesn’t need any added motivation to rise to the occasion.

“Well, our guys understand everything that’s going on,” the coach explained. “We’ve just got to stay with the process of playing our game. … I think our guys understand and I think the motivation is going to be there for both teams. You know, it’s an opportunity and we’ve got to attack it.

“I openly talk about pressure, the importance of having pressure in our business and the opportunity that you have when the pressure is on to live up to it and live up to the moment. You know, that’s why we talk about process so much. And this game is a great primer for what’s coming this weekend, regardless of who we play.”

Note: The Mavericks will conclude the regular season on the road, traveling to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on TXA 21 and nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT.

Single-game tickets for the first two Mavs home games of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs are on sale now. Tickets are available at the American Airlines Center box office, online at mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS. There is an eight ticket limit per game. Dates and times for the first two games have not been announced but will be posted on mavs.com by April 17.

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With 81 games now in the books and a playoff berth already captured, the Dallas Mavericks will still have plenty on the line as they complete the regular season Wednesday night in Memphis.

With both the Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies entering Wednesday’s regular-season finale with identical 49-32 records, the battle for the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff picture will be decided. Meanwhile, the Mavericks will try to sweep the Southwest Division season series with the Grizzlies for the first time in six years, looking to secure an NBA-best seventh straight road win for the first time since winning eight in a row away from home from Nov. 20 to Dec. 27, 2010.

Both teams will also try to avoid slipping to eighth in the standings to set up a first-round matchup against the league-best San Antonio Spurs, which the Mavs and Grizzlies are a combined 0-8 against this season. However, with the Grizzlies on a four-game winning streak and looking to set a single-season record by claiming a 14th straight victory at home, the Mavericks will face a great challenge.

“You know, it’s a tough game. But, look, this whole thing is going to be tough,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle explained. “There’s not going to be anything easy about it. Every game has got a grind to it, and we’re looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a tough game in their building.”

The Mavericks handed the Grizzlies their last home defeat, sprinting to a 110-96 road victory back on Feb. 5. The Mavs will now go for win No. 50 at the Grizzlies’ expense, looking to once again lean on Western Conference Player of the Week Monta Ellis after his season high-tying 37 points boosted Dallas to a come-from-behind 101-98 win Saturday at home over Phoenix to clinch a playoff spot.

And with one goal already ensured, Ellis and the Mavericks will now try for the franchise’s 14th 50-win season and first since capturing 57 victories en route to the first title in team history during the 2010-11 campaign.

“I think we started clicking at the right time and made the push to where we want to go,” Ellis said. “We’re in a great position to getting our goal, which is 50 wins. We’ve got one more going to Memphis, and we’ll see what we can do then.

“That’s the goal that we set at the beginning of the season, that if we get 50 wins we’ll be in the playoffs. We still have one more game to play to get that 50th win, the goal that we set, and get ready for the playoffs. … We’ve just got to get the win (Wednesday) and see what happens. Win or lose, go from there and get ready to play whoever we need to play.”

Note: The Mavericks will conclude the regular season on the road, traveling to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Dallas leads the season series 3-0. The game will air locally on TXA 21 and nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT.

Single-game tickets for the first two Mavs home games of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs are on sale now. Tickets are available at the American Airlines Center box office, online at mavs.com or by calling (214) 747-MAVS. There is an eight ticket limit per game. Dates and times for the first two games have not been announced but will be posted on mavs.com by April 17.