DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks' revised goal of finishing this season with a winning record won't be realized.
That's because the Mavs couldn't fend off the Memphis Grizzlies, who came into American Airlines Center on Monday night and defeated Dallas, 103-97. The loss left the Mavs with a 40-41 record and ended any hopes they had of completing this season with a winning record.
The Mavs end their season at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the New Orleans Hornets, and the best they can do is finish with a 41-41 record.
The tide turned in Monday's game very quickly. A Chris Kaman 11-footer put the Mavs up, 46-32 with 4:08 remaining in the first half.
But the Grizzlies went on a brisk 19-4 run to take a 51-50 lead with 7:12 to go in the third period. During that eight minute and 46-second stage, the Mavs were just 2-of-14 from the field -- they missed 10 straight shots -- and committed six turnovers.
Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 26 points, Vince Carter scored 22 and Mike James had 14 points.
Jerryd Bayless paced Memphis with 19 points, Keyon Dooling poured in 13 points, Tayshaun Prince collected 12 points, and Ed Davis finished with 11 poiints and 11 rebounds.
-- Dwain Price
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