Zach Randolph sunk a 17-foot rainbow over Brendan Haywood with less than one second left to give Memphis a 104-103 victory in Dallas last Sunday.
The Grizzlies were behind by 17 at halftime but pulled ahead with 14 seconds left. Dirk Nowitzki gained the lead again with a jumper, but Randolph answered with the game-winning shot.
The Grizzlies outscored Dallas 66-38 in the paint and had double-doubles from Mar Gasol, Mike Conley and Shane Battler. Randolph, who was 10-for-13 from the field, led the Grizzlies with 27 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
The Mavericks were 10-for-21 from behind the arc and have made at least one 3-points in 1,000 consecutive games, the longest streak in NBA history.
After Dallas led for most of the game, Memphis had a 41-point third quarter, shooting 72 percent and ending the third with a 79-78 lead.
“They stepped up their defensive intensity in the third quarter and they were more physical than us in the second half. They just outplayed us in the third quarter,” J.J. Barea said.
Rodrigue Beaubois continued to shine, scoring 10 of Dallas’ first 13 points, finishing the first quarter with 12 points. Beaubois ended the night with a season-high 15 points.
Corey Brewer scored his first point as a Maverick with a layup at the 5:27 mark of the second quarter.
Mavericks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota kept it interesting, but Dallas held off the Wolves, 108-105 Monday night.
Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 25 points, but had foul trouble and only played 29 minutes. Dirk’s replacement, Brian Cardinal, helped out with 12 points and 4-for-8 shooting behind the arc.
“Without Cardinal, I don’t think we would have won the game. His activity, rebounds, deflections, shotmaking really turned the game around,” coach Rick Carlisle said.
The Timberwolves had a 15-0 run late in the third quarter, gaining a 10-point lead. Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at the end of the third and scored on each of the first three possessions of the last quarter.
Kevin Love tied a 32-year-old NBA record with his 51st straight double-double. The record was first set by Moses Malone from Dec. 29,1978 to Oct. 19, 1979. Love finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
Mavericks vs. New Orleans Hornets
The Dallas Mavericks suffered their second one-point loss of the week in a 93-92 loss in New Orleans Wednesday night.
The Hornets only outscored the Mavericks 33-22 in the fourth quarter, but it was the only one that mattered.
In the final 50 seconds, the Hornets went on an 8-0 run that snatched the game away from the Mavericks. Marco Belinelli hit a 3-pointer with 50.2 seconds left, followed by a Emeka Okafor three-footer with 19.2 seconds. Tyson Chandler missed two free throws that could have put Dallas back in the game.
With 8.4 seconds left, a foul by Jason Kidd led to three free throws made by Jarrett Jack.
“You’ve got to make a stop. By putting them on the free-throw line, they’re shooting free throws with the clock stopped and it keeps them in the game. Credit them for making plays and we did not,” Carlisle said.
Chris Paul was out for his second full game after suffering a concussion.
Mavericks vs. New York Knicks
The Mavericks shocked the New York Knicks with a 127-109 win to snap the Knicks’ three-game win streak.
Nowitzki had 23 points, Shawn Marion scored 22 and Jason Terry added 21 to help the Mavericks to a season-high in points.
Amar’e Stoudemire scored 36 and Carmelo Anthony had a double-double but it wasn’t enough, as the Knicks lost its 17th of the last 19 meetings against Dallas.
The Mavericks had its highest-scoring quarter, with 41 points in the second, and highest-scoring half of the season, with a 72-51 lead going into halftime. The Mavs shot 58.6 percent, with Terry leading Dallas with 11 points in the second quarter.
Carlisle challenged the team to show more toughness and they answered by out-rebounding New York 47-37 and outscoring them 52-40 in the paint and 30-16 in second-chance points.
Brewer wowed the crowd with two stellar dunks. The first came after Anthony Carter rebounded a missed Nowitzki jumper in the second quarter. Brewer stole the ball, turned around and slammed a one-handed tomahawk to give the Mavericks a 36-23 lead.