Game 19: Mavs at Grizzlies

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Harrison Barnes Game Winner

Harrison Barnes banks in a desperation 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left to win the game for the Mavericks, 95-94.

MEMPHIS — Spitting out the sour taste of Monday’s 110-102 overtime loss at home to Boston, the Dallas Mavericks tried to get back on track two nights later against a divisional foe.

Traveling to Memphis for a third matchup of the young season against the Grizzlies, the Mavericks tried to rebound after Monday’s heartbreaking defeat. The Mavs also tried to move to 2-1 in the season series with the Grizzlies after both teams won previously on their home floors. And behind Harrison Barnes’ game-winning three-pointer as time expired, the Mavericks (4-15) were the ones delivering the heartbreak to their divisional rival after rally from an 18-point deficit, escaping Memphis with a 95-94 comeback win.

“After the last night (against Boston), that was just a tough loss. But to come out here and have a huge second half like we had, band together and put ourselves in that opportunity, it was a great win,” Barnes said after the last-second victory.

Taking the court for a fourth straight game with the starting lineup of rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., swingman Wesley Matthews, Barnes, German big man Maxi Kleber and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks quickly tried to put Monday’s loss behind them. Nowitzki then got the Mavs off to a fast start, swishing a three-pointer to open the scoring.

However, the Grizzlies immediately charged back with a 7-0 spurt to take the lead. Meanwhile, the Mavericks’ offense grew stagnant in the period as the Grizzlies began to separate themselves. And after a season-low scoring output for a quarter, the Mavs trailed 27-12 entering the second stanza.

After 5-of-22 shooting in the first period, the Mavericks looked for more offensive success in the second quarter. Reserve guard J.J. Barea then tried to ignite his team, swishing a three-pointer to beat the shot clock before feeding big man Dwight Powell with an alley-oop lob pass.

Fellow veteran reserve Devin Harris took matters from there with back-to-back scores to bring the Mavericks within six. A highlight-reel connection between Barea and athletic big man Nerlens Noel followed as the Mavs pulled even closer. But with Grizzlies backup Deyonta Davis providing a boost off his team’s bench, Memphis kept the Mavericks at bay.

Former Mav Chandler Parsons then widened the gap with a three of his own, forcing a timeout by coach Rick Carlisle with his team down 40-28 and 4:21 left in the first half. The Grizzlies opened up a 56-39 advantage from there, taking it into the halftime intermission to overshadow the best efforts of Nowitzki and Barnes.

Led by Davis’ 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench, the Grizzlies outshot the Mavericks through two quarters, 52.4 percent to 35.6 percent. The Grizzlies also held a 30-17 rebounding advantage, overcoming their own seven turnovers.

“We’re playing better lately, and we know our energy wasn’t good in the first half,” Barea admitted. “We just had to step it up energy-wise. I think everybody picked it up, and I think in the second half we started moving the ball.”

Starting the second half with back-to-back scores from Smith and Kleber, the Mavericks tried to stage a rally in the third quarter. The two rookies continued to give the Mavs a spark later in the quarter, pulling to within four at 62-58 after Smith’s third three-pointer of the period.

Nowitzki lent some assistance with a three of his own to keep the Grizzlies within an arm’s reach. Barea then dished out his 10th assist of the night, connecting with Powell inside with a lob pass. Harris’ transition score gave the Mavericks a 72-70 edge a short time later, moving the cat-quick guard into double figures in the process. And after outscoring the Grizzlies 35-16 in the third period, the Mavs slid into the fourth with a 74-72 lead under their belt.

“We came out of the locker room angry and determined, and it’s a team that tonight made a stand. You hoped to get it from the very beginning of the game, but we struggled early. But everybody kept encouraging each other and kept hanging in,” Carlisle explained.

Continuing to operate as the Mavs’ top playmaker in the fourth quarter, Barea hit Powell inside to put the visiting team up four as the final period got underway. Barea then turned from facilitator to scorer, swishing a three from the wing to put the Mavericks up 79-72.

“Defensively, we started getting stop after stop, and it worked out. We took the lead finally, and we were able to play from in front. That always helps,” Barea would later say.

The Grizzlies charged back with a 6-0 spurt, however, leading to Smith’s timely score to keep Memphis at bay. Still, the Mavericks couldn’t shake the Grizzlies after center Marc Gasol’s three-point play with 4:06 left to play brought Memphis within two at 83-81.

A driving score by second-year guard Yogi Ferrell doubled the lead for the Mavs at the other end of the floor. Parsons answered with a score inside of his own, leading to Barnes’ jumper at the other end to keep the Dallas lead at four. Barnes again answered Parsons’ score after the Grizzlies came within one. Smith lent some help from there with a breakaway slam to put the Mavericks up five, 92-87, with 1:10 left to play.

But after Gasol’s two free throws, Ferrell missed a pair at the foul line to keep the margin at three. Gasol then proceeded to tie the game with a three from the wing, giving the Mavericks 28.5 seconds to answer. Smith’s jumper after a timeout then rimmed out, leading to a mad scramble at the other end and JaMychal Green’s tip-in on Tyreke Evans’ drive with .5 seconds left. That’s when Barnes saved his best shot for last after Carlisle called his number at the top of the key, banking in a triple as time expired to send the Mavericks off the court with the win.

“I just tried to get something up at the rim,” Barnes said of the final sequence.

“I mean, that was a prayer answered,” he added after missing a shot at the end of regulation in the loss to Boston. “You know, when a team trust you to have the ball in your hands late-game and you miss a shot like that (against Boston), you kind of beat yourself up a little bit. But you kind of have to move on. So, to be able to come in now and make that shot, it felt good.”

Scoring 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting, Barnes grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Mavs to the win. Smith added 17 points in the first unit, and Nowitzki finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Harris registered 13 points off the bench, and Barea finished with 10 points and a season-high 11 assists in a reserve role.

Evans led five Grizzlies in double figures with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Grizzlies also outshot the Mavericks for the game, 45.7 percent to 42.9 percent, adding a 52-40 rebounding advantage. However, the Grizzlies couldn’t overcome Dallas’ 14 points off 17 Memphis turnovers.

“I think we deserved it. We deserved to get a break this season after a couple of tough losses so far. I think we worked hard for it in the second half, so we deserved to win,” Nowitzki said after the thrilling victory.

“Well, it’s been a rough stretch, and coming into tonight we’re a team that’s looking for some small victories. Now, this is the first time all year we’ve won two out of three,” Carlisle concluded. “The Boston game was tough, but we knew we could bounce back tonight. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and it wasn’t. Our start was difficult and a little sluggish. You know, they were into us, we were struggling at both ends of the floor, but from the second quarter on we really picked it up. The second half is one of the best we’ve had here in Dallas since I’ve been here.”

Note: The Mavericks will now return to their home floor Saturday night at American Airlines Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City leads the season series 1-0 after a 112-99 home win on Nov. 12. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — not with the team
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — not with the team
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — not with the team

Mavericks

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
H. Barnes, SF 34 9-19 1-3 3-5 2 7 9 1 0 0 1 1 -1 22
M. Kleber, PF 12 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 6
D. Nowitzki, C 28 5-12 3-6 0-0 1 7 8 1 2 1 1 0 9 13
W. Matthews, SG 35 1-7 0-4 0-0 0 1 1 4 0 0 2 1 -3 2
D. Smith Jr., PG 26 7-20 3-7 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 0 1 1 -6 17
J. Barea 24 4-10 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 11 0 0 1 3 7 10
Y. Ferrell 21 1-5 0-1 1-4 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 -19 3
S. Mejri 10 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 5 5 0 1 0 0 3 -8 1
D. Powell 18 3-4 0-0 2-3 1 5 6 0 1 1 0 2 10 8
D. Harris 17 5-9 0-2 1-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 1 10 11
A. Cleveland 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 9 0
N. Noel 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -8 2
J. Withey 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Curry 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Finney-Smith 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. McRoberts 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Motley 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   39-91 9-28 8-16 4 36 40 23 9 2 8 14   95
    42.9% 32.1%                      

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Grizzlies

All Stats

PLAYER MIN FG 3PT FT OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
C. Parsons, SF 24 5-9 1-5 0-0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 2 9 11
J. Green, PF 28 3-7 0-3 2-2 2 7 9 1 1 0 0 3 -9 8
M. Gasol, C 33 5-15 1-4 3-3 0 10 10 4 0 1 4 2 -10 14
D. Brooks, SG 32 5-8 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 5 0 13
M. Chalmers, PG 34 2-11 0-5 2-2 0 7 7 8 2 0 4 2 12 6
J. Martin 16 1-4 0-2 2-2 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 3 3 4
T. Evans 30 7-13 2-4 2-3 1 8 9 7 2 1 6 3 2 18
D. Davis 15 6-7 0-0 2-2 0 7 7 0 0 2 0 1 10 14
B. McLemore 12 3-5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 -9 6
J. Ennis III 12 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 -13 0
A. Harrison 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
V. Hunter 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Conley 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Rabb 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. Selden 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Simmons 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Wright 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM   37-81 7-29 13-14 6 46 52 25 7 6 17 25   94
    45.7% 24.1%                      

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Nowitzki From Long Range

Wesley Matthews passes to Dirk Nowitzki along the wing and Nowitzki connects on a three-pointer.


Barnes On The Putback

Devin Harris misses on a three-pointer but Harrison Barnes rises up for a two-handed putback jam.


Shootaround Report: Coach Carlisle

Mavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle looks ahead to Wednesday's match against the Memphis Grizzlies.

MEMPHIS — If the Dallas Mavericks are going to successfully bounce back from Monday’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Boston and move to 2-1 in the season series with Memphis two nights later, then they know they’ll have to do a better job of containing Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol inside.

Playing without point guard Mike Conley (Achilles) indefinitely, the Grizzles (7-9) will run their offensive attack through Gasol during Wednesday’s contest. That will focus the Mavericks’ defensive attention on slowing down the skilled 7-footer for four quarters. But with the All-Star center averaging a career-best 19.7 points, career-high 9.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game so far this season, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confesses that his team will have its hands full.

“Well, taking away the open threes is a big priority, and inside we just have to make it hard for him,” Carlisle said in regard to defending Gasol. “If he catches it close in, he’s going to score and get fouled. And on the post he’s a great scorer and a great passer, so it’s a pick-your-poison deal. We’re going to have to decide on whether to take away his scoring or take away his assists game with other guys. The bottomline is it’s probably going to have to be a mixture, ’cause if you give a great player the same dose all the time and the same looks, he’s going to adjust and kill you.”

Gasol certainly has terrorized the Mavericks (3-15) in two games this season, averaging 25.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists against the Dallas defense. He’s also shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from three-point range in those two games, giving the Mavs plenty of reasons for concern. And according to 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, Conley’s absence will simply mean the ball will be Gasol’s hands even more Wednesday night.

“I mean, he’s a tough cover now. The last few years he’s stepped out and added the three ball, and it really adds another dimension to him,” Nowitzki said with a great amount of respect for Gasol’s game. “You know, he’s a beast on the block, and he’s a great passer for a big man. He’s probably one of the best in the game, so he’s a great all-around player. He’s really, really smart, and usually he adjust to what the defenses do. We’re probably going to throw multiple bodies at him and multiple schemes. You know, now with Conley out, they’re going to run even more through him on the left block, and he’s a tough cover. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s got a touch, so hopefully we can slow him down some enough for us to come out of here with a much-needed road win.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Memphis for a third meeting of the season against the Southwest Division rival Grizzlies. The season series is tied at 1-1. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor Saturday night at American Airlines Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City leads the season series 1-0 after a 112-99 home win on Nov. 12. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — not with the team
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — not with the team
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — not with the team

MEMPHIS — Hoping to bounce back after suffering a heartbreaking 110-102 overtime loss to the NBA-best Boston Celtics on Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks will now attempt to capture a coveted road win 48 hours later against a team they’ve already seen twice this season.

Falling to the Celtics to conclude a 1-3 homestand, the Mavericks (3-15) will now search for success on the road Wednesday in Memphis. The Mavs will also try to move to 2-1 on the season against the Southwest Division rival Grizzlies (7-9) after splitting a home-home series earlier in the 2017-18 campaign. And with the Grizzlies continuing to play minus point guard Mike Conley (Achilles), the Mavericks will attempt to take advantage of a wounded opponent Wednesday night.

“It’s different from the standpoint of you’re taking an All-Star player out of there,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said of the injury to Conley. “But look, (Mario) Chalmers was a starter on a championship team in Miami. (Tyreke) Evans has emerged as a guy that’s really good, and he’s hurt us on a lot of occasions over the last three years. And we’re not in any position to disrespect anybody, so we’ve got to get ready to compete hard. That’s the biggest thing.”

Led by rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.’s 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go with five assists, the Mavericks sprinted to a 103-94 victory over the Grizzlies at home back on Oct. 25. The story was different the following night in Memphis, however, after All-Star center Marc Gasol’s 25 points and 13 rebounds carried the Grizzlies to a 96-91 win on their home floor. The Mavs will now attempt to end the trend and become the first of the two teams to win on the other’s home hardwood. But according to Smith, that will be easier said than done.

“We know what Memphis is about,” Smith proclaimed. “It’s ‘Grind City.’ You know, they play hard. Mike Conley is out, though, and he’s the head of the snake with Gasol. So, we’ve got to come out and attack early, especially with Conley out. We know what they’re about, and they know what we’re about, so it’s going to be a good game.”

Note: The Mavericks will now travel to Memphis for a third meeting of the season against the Southwest Division rival Grizzlies. The season series is tied at 1-1. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270.

The Mavs return to their home floor Saturday night at American Airlines Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City leads the season series 1-0 after a 112-99 home win on Nov. 12. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

Injury updates:

Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — not with the team
Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — not with the team
Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — not with the team