Grizzlies 103, Mavericks 97

Thanks to Keyon Dooling and the rest of the Memphis bench, the

Grizzlies still have a chance to stay home after their

regular-season finale to start the playoffs.

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks can only hope to break

even.

Dooling hit the go-ahead 3-pointer before Ed Davis made

consecutive baskets, and reserves accounted for all 35 points the

Grizzlies scored in the fourth quarter while rallying for a 103-97

victory Monday night to keep alive their chance of hosting a

first-round playoff series.

”Our intensity, our energy, our effort was revved up. Coach

really challenged us at halftime to run harder and play with more

force,” said Dooling, on his seventh team in a 13-year NBA career.

”The bench, we were trying to find some continuity, find out how

we can play with each other. We did a good job in all those

categories.”

Dooling, who had scored a combined 12 points in his five games

since signing as a free agent April 3, hit a 3-pointer with 8:02

left for an 80-78 lead. There was also a loose-ball foul on the

play, and Quincy Pondexter made the free throw. Davis then hit a

pair of baskets after Dallas turnovers, stretching the lead to

85-78 – and the Mavs never got closer than five after that.

Jerryd Bayless had 19 points and Memphis’ reserves accounted for

64 points. Davis had 11 points and 11 rebounds. The only Memphis

starter scoring in double figures was Tayshaun Prince with 12.

”I thought in the first half our guys didn’t come out and

compete. They were treating it like an exhibition game,” Grizzlies

coach Lionel Hollins said. ”I’m excited about the attitude that we

took in the second half and we finished the game, and was really

pleased that the second unit was able to finish the game.”

To have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs,

the Grizzlies (55-26) need the Pacific Division champion Los

Angeles Clippers to lose one of their remaining two games. Memphis

then has to win its regular-season finale at home Wednesday against

Utah.

A clean-shaven Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and Vince Carter 22

for the Mavs, who had finally reached .500 for the first time since

Dec. 12 with a win at New Orleans on Sunday night. They had vowed

not to shave until reaching .500 – though it lasted only one

night.

The Mavericks (40-41), NBA champions only two years ago, already

knew they were going to miss the playoffs for the first time in 13

seasons. Now they have to win their season finale Wednesday night

at home against the Hornets to avoid their first losing record

since going 40-42 in 1999-2000, the end of a miserable decade

without a winning season.

There was a moment of silence before the game for those affected

by the Boston Marathon bombings. There were no noticeable changes

in security at the American Airlines Center, though police officers

assigned to the game were doing more patrols outside the

building.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle began his playing career in

Boston. He was picked in the third round of the 1984 draft by the

Celtics and was part of their 1986 NBA championship.

”Sickening. Tragic. That’s about all I can think of right

now,” Carlisle said about the bombings before the game. ”They

used to run right by my place. … It’s great. Every year, it’s a

big deal.”

Dallas, which had a 14-point lead before halftime, was ahead

80-78 on Nowitzki’s three-point play, which came just more than 2

minutes after his four-point play to tie the game at 73-all.

After Pondexter’s free throw, O.J. Mayo missed two shots in 44

seconds. The teams traded turnovers and Davis made a layup between

those misses before Mayo had a defensive rebound, only to have the

ball stolen by Bayless. That led to a fast-break jumper by Davis,

who was fouled by Mayo and made the free throw.

Mayo, who spent the first four seasons of his career with

Memphis before his deal last summer that includes a player option

for next season, was 1-of-6 shooting with four turnovers.

”He just had a bad night; I guess I will write it off to that.

But I will tell you what, if I was playing against my former team,

I’d come out ready to go at them. But that’s just me,” Carlisle

said. ”He didn’t compete tonight. … In the biggest game of the

year, an opportunity to be a winning team, for him to show up like

he did tonight I was shocked.”

Memphis went on a 19-4 run into the third quarter after Chris

Kaman’s short fadeaway jumper put Dallas up 46-32 with 4:08 left in

the first half. The Grizzlies didn’t lead until Tony Allen’s

3-pointer with 7:12 left that made it 51-50, the first of 11 lead

changes the rest of that quarter.

NOTES: Nowitzki was recognized before the game for his 25,000th

career point, reached Sunday. … Carter passed Clyde Drexler for

27th on the NBA career scoring list with his five points in the

first quarter. That gave him 22,197, two more than Drexler before

adding more. … Kaman was still sporting a full beard. ”It’s a

beard for me. … I was already growing it,” Kaman said.