Don’t look now, but the Dallas Mavericks are on a winning streak. They defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in convincing fashion, 104-83. The Mavericks have now won consecutive games for the first time since they won three in row from Dec. 6 through Dec. 10. Dallas used a 34-13 outburst from the 5:04 mark of the first quarter through the 6:14 mark of the second period to turn a three-point deficit, 14-11, into an 18-point advantage, 45-27. The Mavericks defeated the Grizzlies by 21 points on Saturday. It was the Grizzlies’ second-largest margin of defeat this season, lost by 25, 121-96, at Houston Dec. 22. Dallas scored 104 points in the win over Memphis on Saturday. It marked just the third time this season that Memphis has allowed 100-plus points in a game.
Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points to go along with four rebounds in 26 minutes vs. Memphis. He put up a season-high point total for the second consecutive game, 19 at Sacramento. Prior to the game at Sacramento on Jan. 10, the most he had scored in a game this season was 18 at Chicago on Nov. 28.
Dallas tied a season-low with nine turnovers against the Grizzlies (9 on three other occasions). The Mavericks have recorded 13-or-fewer turnovers in eight of their last 10 games. The Mavericks outscored the Grizzlies 54-39 in the opening half. The 39 points were the fewest Dallas has allowed in the first half of a game this season, previous low was 40 on two occasions: at Memphis Dec. 21 and vs. New Orleans Jan. 5. Memphis managed 40 first-half points in the meeting with Dallas earlier this season, Dec. 21.
Here is the quoteboard for the impressive victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
The loss: “We just didn’t have it tonight. We didn’t have maybe one, maybe one-and-a-half starter that could bring it. Our focus and concentration wasn’t there. And they made shots, and we gave up a lot of open shots, and a lot of easy things, and they made them, and it just took away our will to want to fight back.”
Dallas’ performance: “They made shots that I haven’t seen them make all year tonight. I think we could have disrupted them a little bit, but the game is over now and we just need to move on.”
On O.J. Mayo’s game: “Facing OJ tonight was like practice. It’s like any other day. OJ shot the ball well tonight and really helped his team win.”
The biggest positive in the win: “The fact that we kept turnovers down was really important. Our energy for most of the game was good. It was clear that they were lacking some energy from their game last night; overtime, emotional, all of those things. We needed to take advantage of it and we did. It’s the kind of game we need. We need more of these but they’re hard to come by.”
Was it the most complete win of the year: “I don’t know. For where we are right now, gutting out the game in Sacramento was really important for us. Being able to come home and start off this homestand the right way is really important for us. We take nothing for granted. This whole season has been work. It’s been challenging, and it’s going to continue to be that but we’re showing some signs of coming together in some different ways and we’ve just got to continue.”
The earlier negatives uniting the team: “I would think that the kinds of things we’ve gone through would make anybody stronger. There’s a long way to go – we’re not even halfway through the season. We’ve got to build on positives and keep looking to wipe out negatives.”
Was it a morale boosting win: “Probably. It’s not to say that our morale was down necessarily. We just hadn’t bore many fruits from our efforts. It’s good to see some tangible results. We’re not going to take anything for granted here. We’re just not in that position.”
His performance: “We got a good win against a good team. That’s all that matters.”
On if this was a complete game: “This is one of our best games, definitely. We’re still a long way from where we need to be at.”
If the Sacramento game and the Memphis win is a big positive: “Every little thing helps. We have to keep taking baby steps. We have to start crawling so that we can start walking eventually. But right now we are taking baby steps and we have to keep adding to that.”
On if it was a feel good game: “We need a W. Who cares about feel good games? [expletive] We need a W. That’s all we’re trying to worry about. All that other [expletive] doesn’t matter.”
The win: “This is a good start. We’re taking some small steps.”
Building confidence: “We’ve just got to keep an even keel. We can’t get too high off a win like this and understand that we’re trying to build something here and trying to put them together.”
On if it felt good to beat his former team: “Yeah. I got to sit out for most of the fourth quarter so that was good.”
The win: “It felt good to be on the other side of a blowout once. I think we’re leading the league in 20-point losses overall so this was a good one to get.”
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.