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Gasol goes for 36 as Memphis ends Dallas' streak

DALLAS (AP) -- Pau Gasol quickly put a bad game behind him with
an aggressive start.

Gasol scored a season-high 36 points, added 15 rebounds and five
assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Dallas Mavericks'
seven-game winning streak with a 112-92 victory Saturday night.

Damon Stoudamire added 22 points and eight assists for the
Grizzlies, who've won six of eight and handed the Mavericks their
first home loss. It was the Grizzlies' first win in Dallas in five
years.

Gasol, who had a season-low nine points in Friday night's
victory over Houston, was determined to get to the basket early and
he was 5-for-8 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the free throw line
in the opening quarter.

"I was upset about last night," said Gasol, who finished one
point short of matching his career high. "I didn't play at a high
level and felt I let the team down. I wanted to bounce back and be
aggressive from the get-go."

Memphis coach Mike Fratello said Gasol's aggressive play rubbed
off on his teammates.

"The energy that Pau brought tonight was evident," Fratello
said. "His teammates played off of it superbly. He brought
everyone else to another level."

The Grizzlies had lost their last nine games in Dallas. Their
last road win over the Mavericks came on Nov. 8, 2000, when the
franchise was based in Vancouver.

"It was a huge win for us," Memphis forward Shane Battier
said. "For some of us, this was our first win in this building.
It's great to come in here and beat one of the best home teams."

The loss prevented Dallas' Avery Johnson from matching the best
regular-season coaching record in NBA history after 30 games.
Johnson fell to 25-5 since becoming the coach near the end of last
season.

Al Cervi's 26-4 mark for the Syracuse Nationals in 1949-50
remains the best 30-game coaching start in NBA regular-season
history.

The Mavericks, who were led by Dirk Nowitzki's 27 points and
Josh Howard's 17, began the season 5-0 at home and 9-2 overall, but
were flat against the Grizzlies a night after winning at Miami.

"This was probably one of the worst games that we've had since
I've been the head coach," Johnson said. "They deserved to win.
They were the aggressor. They looked energized, rested and
enthusiastic."

Nowitzki criticized his team's defense against Gasol. Dallas
allowed Memphis to shoot 55 percent from the field (41-for-74) and
the Grizzlies outscored the Mavericks 52-36 in the paint.

"(Gasol) is a good player but he's not that good," Nowitzki
said. "We should have had an answer for him."

Howard hurt his right ankle with 2:35 left when he stepped on
teammate Devin Harris' foot while guarding Stoudamire under the
Memphis basket. Howard had to be helped off the floor and underwent
X-rays, which were negative. Howard's status will be evaluated on
Sunday.

"I knew I rolled my ankle right away," Howard said. "I've
never really had an ankle sprain before. When they cut the tape for
the X-ray, the ankle was already swollen. We'll see what it looks
like tomorrow."

Both teams were playing their third game in five nights, but the
Grizzlies were able to maintain the momentum from Friday's win in
Memphis.

Memphis took an 87-75 lead into the final quarter.

Dallas got as close as 89-83 early in the fourth quarter, but
Memphis got back-to-back 3-pointers from Eddie Jones and Stoudamire
for a 95-85 edge with 6:29 left.

Memphis took control with a 29-13 first-half run, converting 11
straight field goal attempts during the stretch to grab a 44-30
lead with under eight minutes to go until halftime.

The Grizzlies were in front 60-49 at the break behind Gasol's 19
points in Memphis' best scoring half of the season.

Game notes
Memphis G Mike Miller missed the game after sustaining a
concussion and a cut over his eye early in Friday night's game. ...
The Grizzlies took a 31-27 lead after the first quarter, matching
their high quarter of the season and representing the most points
allowed by the Mavericks in the opening quarter this season. ...
The Grizzlies shot 60 percent from the field in the opening half
(21-for-35).