The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 114-80 Saturday night at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks improved to 6-0 this season when they hold their opponent to under 90 points. Fourteen of the Mavericks’ 21 wins this season have come when they’ve held their opponent to under 100 points.
The Mavericks used a 14-3 run early in the game to turn a one-point deficit (5-4) into a 10-point advantage (18-8). Dallas then led for the duration of the contest.
Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes tallied a game-high 25 points (7-13 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 10-11 FTs), including 10 in the second quarter, to go along with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes. It marked his 27th 20-point effort of the season. It was also his 11th game with at least 25 points this year.
Mavericks guard J.J. Barea made his seventh start of the season (98th career) and totaled 20 points (8-11 FGs, 2-4 3FGs, 2-2 FTs), five rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes. The Mavericks improved to 4-0 this season when Barea scores 20-plus points in a game (he’s scored exactly 20 points three times and 21 once).
Mavericks forward Doug McDermott produced 20 points (7-10 FGs, 3-4 3FGs, 3-4 FTs), seven rebounds and one block in 25 minutes off the bench. It marked his highest-scoring game with the Mavericks (previous high: 15 twice). McDermott has now scored in double figures in six of his last eight games, after he failed to score 10 in each of his first three games with Dallas.
Mavericks center Dwight Powell made his sixth consecutive start (11th of the season, 16th career) and posted his fourth double- double of the season (ninth career) with 15 points (4-6 FGs, 7-8 FTs), a game-high-tying 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 29 minutes. Powell is averaging 13.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game over his last 14 games (2/3-3/10).
Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green notched his 12th double-double of the season (29th career) with 14 points, a team-high 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes.
Grizzlies rookie forward Dillon Brooks scored a team-high 17 points (6-15 FGs, 1-2 3FGs, 4-6 FTs) to go along with six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes. It marked his fourth straight game with 17-plus points.
The Mavericks defeated the Grizzlies by 34 (114-80). It marked Dallas’ largest margin of victory in a game this season (previous: 32, 111-79, vs. Milwaukee 11/18).
Dallas has had eight wins by at least 15 points in 2017-18. The Mavericks had six wins by 15-or-more points all of last season and only four such victories in 2015-16.
Dallas used a 29-8 run spanning the first and second quarters to open up a 20-point advantage (33-13).
The Mavericks held a 56-30 half-time advantage. The 30 first-half points were the fewest the Mavericks have allowed in any half this season (previous low: 35 in 2nd half vs. Milwaukee 11/18). The previous fewest points Dallas surrendered in the opening half of a game this year was 37 (twice). It also marked just the 12th time in team history the Mavericks allowed 30-or-fewer points in the opening half of a game and the first since 11/13/14 vs. Philadelphia (Dallas led 73-29 at the half in that contest).
Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee soreness), Nerlens Noel (return from injury management) and Seth Curry (left leg surgery) missed the game for Dallas. Salah Mejri left the game in the first quarter with a right hamstring strain and did not return. Mario Chalmers (right hamstring), Mike Conley (left heel), Tyreke Evans (right rib), Marc Gasol (rest) and Andrew Harrison (right wrist) sat out for Memphis.
The attendance for today’s game was 19,579. The Mavericks have now sold out 672 consecutive regular-season home games, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The streak began on 12/15/01 and Dallas has sold out an additional 67 playoff games during that same stretch.
The Mavericks’ next game is vs. Houston March 11 at 6:00 p.m. CT.