Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/17

Game 1: Friday, November 17th
Game 2: Saturday, November 18th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 31st
Game 4: Wednesday, February 7th

Grizzlies 97

(12-38, 3-21 away)

Mavericks 113

(40-9, 23-3 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2007

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 24 21 20 3297
    DAL 40 25 24 24113

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 29 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Blk

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 38 Pts, 10 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl, 4 Blk

    Sweet 16: Mavs extend home win streak, beat Grizz

    Associated Press

    DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 of his 38 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 113-97 Wednesday night to match a franchise record with their 16th consecutive home victory.

    Home Sweet Home
    Avery Johnson
    Avery Johnson moved into a tie for fifth place all time in wins (65) in a coach's first 75 home games as his Mavs mauled Memphis 113-97 on Wednesday night. Here's the top 5:
    1. Johnny Kundla1947-4969-6
    2. Les Harrison1949-5067-8
    2. Phil Jackson*1990-9167-8
    4. Red Auerbach1947-4866-9
    5. Avery Johnson*2005-0765-10
    5. Al Cervi1950-5165-10
    * -- Active.

    Nowitzki made all seven of his field goals in the opening quarter, including a 14-footer at the buzzer, to go along with 4-of-4 free throws, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    When he missed his first shot -- five minutes into the second quarter right after returning from an extended break -- the Mavericks had a 25-point lead. They needed almost all of that to overcome their own miserable stretches.

    Elias Says
    Dirk Nowitzki was 7-for-7 from the field in the first quarter of the Mavericks' victory over Memphis. Nowitzki is the fourth player this season to go 7-for-7 or better in the opening quarter of an NBA game. The others: Peja Stojakovic on Nov. 14 (7-for-7); Shawn Marion on Dec. 5 (7-for-7); and Grant Hill on Dec. 6 (7-for-7). Elias Says

    After trailing by as many as 27 before halftime, the Grizzlies got within 68-61 on Mike Miller's tip-in midway through the third quarter after Dallas missed its first 11 shots following halftime. Dallas led by 27 again early in the fourth before a 16-2 spurt by the Grizzlies.

    Memphis scored the first 12 points of the third quarter before Nowitzki made the second of his two free throws. But by the time Nowitzki made a 3-pointer at the end of the third, Dallas was back up 89-65.

    Nowitzki finished 14-of-20 with 10 rebounds and six assists. Josh Howard added 23 points and nine rebounds, and Devean George scored 15 points for the Mavs, whose last home loss was Dec. 7 against Detroit. They go for their 17th straight home victory Friday night against Houston.

    Pau Gasol had 29 points and Miller 21 with five 3-pointers for Memphis, which lost for the sixth time in seven games and dropped to 3-21 on the road. Gasol had nine of the 22 Memphis turnovers.

    One season after the teams met in the first round of the playoffs, the Grizzlies (12-38) are 28 1/2 games behind Western Conference-leading Dallas (40-9), which has the NBA's best record.

    After sweeping that four-game playoff series last April, the Mavericks have swept this season's regular four-game set as well.

    A week earlier in Memphis, the Mavericks held on for a 95-94 victory despite a pair of 30-footers by Miller and Chucky Atkins in the final 5 seconds. Dallas had played only once since, winning 94-93 over Minnesota on Saturday night.

    Miller, who had 20 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter of the last meeting, started this one with another long 3-pointer. But that was the only time the Grizzlies led.

    Howard responded with a 3-pointer that started a 10-0 run for Dallas. The Mavericks led 40-24 after the first quarter, then scored 12 straight points after Gasol's 6-foot hook shot to start the second.

    After the Grizzlies got close in the third, they then had six turnovers in a five-minute stretch when George scored nine points for the Mavericks. Nowitzki hit consecutive baskets to end the quarter.

    Game notes

    The Mavs led 65-45 at halftime, one point shy of their highest-scoring half of the season. ... Dallas finished with 30 assists and 14 steals, both season highs. ... Memphis is 6-14 since Tony Barone replaced fired coach Mike Fratello on Dec. 29. ... Dallas has three 40-point quarters this season, including another against Memphis in the fourth quarter on Nov. 17. ... Mavs starting C Erick Dampier missed the game with a sore right knee. DeSagana Diop and DJ Mbenga combined for 10 fouls, three points and five rebounds in 26 minutes in his place.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 113
    FGM-FGA 38-78 (.487) 41-88 (.466)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 8-15 (.533)
    FTM-FTA 15-26 (.577) 23-30 (.767)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-47 15-37
    Assists 22 30
    Turnovers 22 9
    Steals 2 14
    Blocks 7 10
    Fast Break Points 14 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/0) 27 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 27

    Top Performers

    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 29
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 38
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 4