Mavs rout Grizzlies 112-85, ending Memphis’ winning streak | Basketball
By CLAY BAILEY – Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Luka Doncic had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his 40th career triple-double, and the Dallas Mavericks used a second-half rally to rout Memphis 112-85 on Friday night and put end to the Grizzlies’ 11-game winning streak.
Doncic had 18 points in the second half, connecting on 8 of 10 shots. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points, and Jalen Brunson and Marquese Chriss had 15 points apiece, with Brunson adding nine assists.
“Our defense was incredible,” said Doncic. “(The Grizzlies) have a great offense, and it’s hard to stop them, but I think we did an amazing job in the second half.”
Ja Morant led Memphis with 19 points and eight assists, Desmond Bane had 16 points and Kyle Anderson added 12. The Grizzlies lost for the first time since Dec. 23, getting little help beyond his three top scorers.
The Grizzlies were playing the second straight night and their fifth game in a week. Morant said the schedule may have finally caught up with them.
“Largely because our legs were heavy and our shots were short,” Morant said, adding later that fatigue contributed to his eight turnovers and other errors in the game.
Memphis shot 38 percent from the field and made just seven of 31 shots from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, the Mavericks were nearly 52% from the floor.