Luka Doncic recorded 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double as the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 112-85 road victory over Memphis to halt the Grizzlies’ franchise-record winning streak at 11 games on Friday, January 14 (Saturday, January 15, Manila time).
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and Jalen Brunson contributed 15 points, 9 assists, and a career-best 5 steals for Dallas, which won for the seventh time in its past eight games. The Mavericks outscored Memphis 62-30 in the second half.
Marquese Chriss also scored 15 points, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith added 13 apiece, and Reggie Bullock recorded 10 points and 9 rebounds for the Mavericks.
Ja Morant posted 19 points and 8 assists and Desmond Bane scored 16 points as Memphis lost for the first time since falling 113-104 to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 23. Kyle Anderson added 12 points.
Doncic achieved his fourth triple-double of the season with a splendid behind-the-back bounce pass to Powell, who laid it in to make it 99-79 with 5:58 left in the game.
Doncic departed at that point and Dallas scored the next 11 points to cap a 17-0 burst and increase the advantage to 110-79 with 2:15 remaining.
Jarrett Culver’s follow hoop with 1:41 left ended the Grizzlies’ scoring drought at 6:04.
The Mavericks were without Kristaps Porzingis (COVID-19 protocol) for the seventh straight game.
Dallas shot 51.6% from the field, including 8-of-32 from three-point range. The Mavericks had a 52-41 edge on the boards.
Memphis hit 38.2% of its shots and was 7-of-31 from behind the arc. The Grizzlies were 13-of-43 (30.2%) from the field in the second half.
Dallas outscored the Grizzlies 34-18 in the third quarter to turn a five-point halftime deficit into an 84-73 lead.
Memphis led 62-54 after Brandon Clarke’s basket with 10 minutes left in the period before the Mavericks tallied the next 9 points, taking the lead on Doncic’s basket with 7:37 remaining.
Anderson connected on a three-pointer to pull the Grizzlies within 79-73 with 1:33 to play.
Doncic responded by scoring the final 5 points of the third quarter and the first 4 of the final stanza to give the Mavericks a 15-point lead. Hardaway capped the 12-0 burst with a three-pointer to make it 91-73 with 9:58 remaining in the contest.
Morant outscored Doncic 15-9 in the first half as the Grizzlies held a 55-50 lead at the break. – Rappler.com