Mavs beat Grizzlies, close in on playoffs after Barea injury

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks overcame an injury to sparkplug J.J. Barea while moving to the brink of another playoff spot with a 103-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

The Mavericks, who had already slowed their pace considerably because of injuries, had to reconfigure their offense again when Barea left with a right groin strain in the first half.

Dallas got contributions from several unlikely sources, including a career-high 19 points from rookie Justin Anderson, while matching a season best with a sixth straight win.

The Mavericks will make the postseason for the 15th time in 16 seasons with a win or Houston loss in the final three games.

Tony Allen scored 25 points to lead the injury-riddled Grizzlies, who lost for the seventh time in eight games a night after clinching a playoff spot when the Rockets lost at home to Phoenix.

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