Nowitzki and Kidd team up to give Dallas a 98-83 victory over Memphis

2-22-08 -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Jason Kidd had 15 assists in his second game for Dallas following a blockbuster trade to lead the Mavericks to a 98-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night

Jason Terry finished with 22 points for Dallas, going 9-of-15 from the field, while Josh Howard added 20 points. Nowitkzi missed only one of his nine shots in the game, while shooting 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 18 points, while Hakim Warrick had 15 points and nine rebounds. Kyle Lowry finished with 12 points, Mike Conley added 11 and Javaris Crittenton had 10 points.

Dallas had lost four straight road games, but a stop in Memphis can cure most road woes.

The Mavericks, who have won 11 straight regular season games in the series, took a double-digit lead in the first quarter, led by 20 in the first half, and extended it to 26 after the break.

Memphis put together a 15-2 rally spanning the third and fourth periods to pull within 10, but did not have enough. The Grizzlies dropped their fourth straight and 10th in 11 games.

Memphis was without second-leading scorer Mike Miller, who sat out with a sore back suffered earlier in the week. That left the Grizzlies with little veteran presence on the floor.

With the 15 assists, Kidd had a season high for a Dallas player and contributed to a season-best 32 assists for the Mavericks.

Dallas shot 50 percent, while holding Memphis to 38 percent, including 21 percent from outside the arc.

The Grizzlies, with all the recent trades and player releases, had a lot of young, inexperienced combinations on the floor, and the lack of continuity seemed to affect Memphis’ offense. Nothing was smooth and Memphis struggled, as the Mavericks built a 62-43 lead at the break.

Notes

Miller originally hurt his back against Seattle on Tuesday. It was his second game on the inactive list. … Marcus Vinicius, obtained from New Orleans in a three-team deal on Thursday, had not arrived in Memphis. … Dallas F/G Jerry Stackhouse was on the active list, and entered the game in the first quarter. Stackhouse had missed 12 of the previous 13 games with a strained right hamstring. … The Mavericks have won 14 straight over the Grizzlies, including a Dallas sweep in the first round of the 2006 playoffs.


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