Mavericks shut down in low-scoring loss to Grizzlies
DALLAS (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored 12 points in his return to Dallas, helping the Memphis Grizzlies to an 80-64 victory Friday night over the injury-plagued Mavericks, who flirted with franchise worsts for scoring and shooting percentage.
Parsons is still on a minutes restriction after both his seasons with the Mavericks ended in knee surgery, which played a role in him landing with Memphis on a max contract. But he didn't need to play much to be the Grizzlies' leading scorer in this game.
Dallas was without Dirk Nowitzki (strained Achilles tendon) and the top three options at point guard in Deron Williams (left calf strain), J.J. Barea (torn left leg muscle) and Devin Harris (right toe sprain).
The Mavericks avoided the franchise-record low of 62 points from 1997 when Argentine rookie Nicolas Brussino made a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining. Dallas (2-9) matched its worst start since going 2-9 during Nowitzki's rookie season in 1998-99.
The Mavericks were shooting 25.4 percent through three quarters — the franchise-record low is 27.4 percent from the expansion season of 1980-81 — after going 8 1/2 minutes without a field goal in the second quarter and adding a 6 1/2-minute drought in the third. Dallas finished at 28.8 percent.
Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting. Seth Curry, the starting point guard because of the injuries, scored 11 while shooting 4 of 14 from the field.
The Grizzlies were flat two nights after handing the Los Angeles Clippers their second loss, but it didn't matter against the anemic Mavericks, who were held under 80 points for the second time in three games.
Marc Gasol scored 11 for Memphis, as did Tony Allen after missing four games with a right groin injury.
Grizzlies: Zach Randolph scored 10 points, and JaMychal Green had a game-high 12 rebounds. … Point guard Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with two blocks.
Mavericks: Jonathan Gibson, a training-camp cut who re-signed Friday because of the injuries at point guard, had 11 points and a team-high three assists. … Barea told a Spanish-language newspaper that he expected to miss four to six weeks with a muscle tear. He said he feared he had a more serious Achilles injury.
Both teams are in a stretch of playing six out of seven games on the road. The Mavericks just had their only home game and are headed to Orlando for the second night of a back-to-back before visiting San Antonio on Monday. The Grizzlies get their only home game in the stretch against Minnesota on Saturday night before a trip to Charlotte and Philadelphia.