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Mavericks-Grizzlies Preview


STATS Writer

(AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of a four-game homestand with some impressive offensive performances against inferior competition.

They'll now look to take advantage of a Memphis Grizzlies club that's missing its point guard Wednesday night.

The Mavericks (28-21) are coming off a 124-107 win over Cleveland on Monday, completing a 3-1 homestand on which they averaged 115.5 points and 51.6 percent from the field. However, the three victories came over the Cavaliers, Detroit and Sacramento, who have a combined 51-92 record. They lost 117-115 to the only winning team on the homestand, Houston, last Wednesday.

Nonetheless, Monday's victory came without leading rebounder Shawn Marion, who missed a second straight game with lingering rib and shoulder injuries. He also missed four games in early January, though Dallas was 3-1 in that stretch.

"Right now, with Marion out, we are scrambling around with different lineups and there is a lot of different-looking stuff out there," coach Rick Carlisle told the team's official website. "It's all about finding a way to make it work, and our guys did tonight."

Jae Crowder started in Marion's place, but it was Samuel Dalembert that stepped up with 18 points after he had totaled 20 in his previous five games. Reserve guard Devin Harris also scored a season-high 16.

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points in 29 minutes, 34 seconds, as he played fewer than 30 for the first time in six games. He averaged 30.8 points and 59.7 percent shooting during the homestand, but has averaged 17.5 and 38.7 percent in his last eight road contests.

Dallas has won both meetings with the Grizzlies this season at home, but the Mavs have lost eight of 10 at Memphis.

The Grizzlies (26-21) trail Dallas by a game for eighth place in the West. They had won 11 of 12 before their six-game winning streak came to an end in an 86-77 road loss to Oklahoma City on Monday.

Point guard Mike Conley sat for a second straight contest due to an ankle injury, and he's expected to remain out until at least next week.

Memphis is 1-3 without Conley this season, including a 105-91 loss to Dallas on Dec. 18. The club averages 96.0 points and shoots 45.9 percent when he plays compared to 89.8 and 41.9 when he doesn't.

The Grizzlies allowed a 20-4 run to end the first half that put the Thunder up 15 at halftime. Memphis' 77 points were a season low and it shot 39.5 percent - going 2 of 16 from 3-point range - after shooting 49.1 percent during the winning streak.

Tayshaun Prince and Marc Gasol were a combined 2 for 12 in the first half, while Zach Randolph finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds but went 6 of 15 from the field.

"We didn't play the basketball that we normally play," said Randolph, who had averaged 22.5 points in his previous four games. "We made bad decisions at important times of the game. There were a lot of turnovers, including myself, but you've got to be smart. And we've got to hit shots."

Dallas has averaged 88.8 points during its 2-8 stretch in Memphis.

Updated February 5, 2014

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