The Dallas Mavericks couldn’t overcome a plethora of mistakes Tuesday night as they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96. Dallas (9-6) had eight turnovers in the first 12 minutes of the game and only scored 17 points.
The problem was the Mavericks (9-6) didn’t score again until almost four minutes into the second quarter when J.J. Barea knocked down a five foot jump shot. Memphis (8-7) continued to build on their lead. Memphis got the lead up to 14 in the second quarter before blowing it open in the third. The lead eventually got to 25 early in the fourth before Dallas started chipping away.
The Mavs were outscored in the paint by a 48 to 22 margin and they gave up 20 fast break points to Memphis. Dallas did hold the rebounding edge 48-42, though.
Dallas did have six players scoring in double figures on the night. Barea and Raymond Felton each had 16 to lead the Mavs. Felton scored 14 of his in the fourth quarter as he knocked down four from behind the arc. Zaza Pachulia and Dirk Nowitzki both recorded double-doubles for the Mavs.
The only other bright spot for the Mavericks was the fact that Chandler Parsons played nearly 25 minutes. Although he only scored six points, it’s important for Dallas to continue to get his minutes ramped back up after the knee surgery. It’ll be interesting to see how much he plays on the second night of a back-to-back in San Antonio.
Next up the Mavs will travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs for the first time this season. Tipoff is at 7:30.
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