DALLAS -- With both teams playing the second end of a back-to-back, the Dallas Mavericks proved to be a bit more fresher Saturday night than the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dirk Nowitzki eclipsed the 20-point barrier for the third straight game and the Mavs rolled to a 111-99 win over the Grizzlies before a sellout crowd at American Airlines Center.
The Mavs are now 2-1 and will end this brief two-game homestand Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Grizzlies dropped to 1-2 on the season.
After losing at Houston on Friday, 113-105, the Mavs jumped out to a 32-16 lead after the first quarter against Memphis and led by as much as 21 points (47-26) with 5:46 left before halftime. But the Grizzlies -- they rallied at home Friday to edge Detroit, 111-108 in overtime -- went on a 17-1 tear to close within 48-43 with 1:01 left in the first half.
Jose Calderon broke out of his scoring slump by pouring in 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Going into this game, Calderon was just 1-of-15 from the field and had scored only five points in the Mavs' first two contests.
However, he tallied 13 of his points in the first half, which ended with the Mavs clinging to a 49-43 cushion.
Also for the Mavs, Nowitzki tallied 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, Shawn Marion finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds, Samuel Dalembert had 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals, Monta Ellis finished with 18 points, and Vince Carter added 11 points.
Mike Conley Jr, (24 points, eight assists), Marc Gasol (23 points) and Zach Randolph (21 points, 14 rebounds) paced the Grizzlies.
-- Dwain Price
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