Mayo leads Grizzlies over Mavericks, 102-82

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—O.J. Mayo scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Dallas Mavericks with a 102-82 victory Sunday.

Marc Gasol had 19 points for Memphis, which ended a four-game skid overall. Rudy Gay and Hakim Warrick added 18 apiece.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 28 points, hitting 11 of 21 shots. Jason Terry scored 18 and Josh Howard finished with 12 points, but was 5-of-12 from the field.

Mayo’s scramble for the ball and flip to Warrick for a dunk with 3:36 left gave the Grizzlies 95-80 lead with 3:36 to play. Memphis’ lead would grow to 22 on Mayo’s final 3-pointer.

Memphis outscored the Mavericks 26-14 in the final period to pull away.

Mayo connected on five of eight shots outside the arc as Memphis shot 47 percent from 3-point range for the game.

The Grizzlies outscored the Mavericks 48-32 in the paint, and 26-12 in second-chance points, fueled by a dozen offensive rebounds.

Both teams shot well to open the game. Memphis connected on 67 percent of its shots in the first to build a 12-point lead early. Nowitzki was the offensive force for the Mavericks, scoring 16 of Dallas’ 25 points in the first period.

The Grizzlies, however, could not maintain the shooting pace, missing ten of 11 shots to open the second quarter. That allowed Dallas to cut into the lead with Nowitzki taking a break.

When he did return, the 7-foot Nowitzki immediately went to the basket with the shorter Memphis forwards on him. Nowitzki ended up with 22 in the half to lead the Mavericks.

Gasol matched Nowitzki offensively, hitting eight of 10 shots en route to 19 first-half points. That helped Memphis carry a 50-45 lead into the break.

The Grizzlies, who have struggled to get started after halftime all season, but it was the Mavericks who sputtered in the second half.

The two teams exchanged leads through the middle part of the third period. Dallas committed five turnovers in the quarter.

Memphis closed the third quarter with a 9-3 rally, allowing the Grizzlies to take a 76-68 lead into the fourth. Mayo scored 10 in the period, while Gay had eight.

Howard had 10 in the third for Dallas.

The Grizzlies maintained the advantage in the first minutes of the fourth

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