Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks avoid lowly club record, but lose to Grizzlies 80-64

Memphis Grizzlies' Vince Carter fights for a shot opportunity against Dallas Mavericks' Wesley Matthews, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday Nov. 18, 2016, in Dallas.
Memphis Grizzlies' Vince Carter fights for a shot opportunity against Dallas Mavericks' Wesley Matthews, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday Nov. 18, 2016, in Dallas. AP

These are definitely not the best of times for the Dallas Mavericks. Not by a long shot.

That point was aggressively driven home again Friday night at American Airlines Center when the Memphis Grizzlies hammered the Mavs 80-64 before a sellout crowd of 19,715.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the injury-riddled Mavs and dropped them to a dismal 2-9.

The last time the Mavs limped off to such an awful start to a season was during the strike-shortened 1998-99 campaign when they also started 2-9 in Dirk Nowitzki’s first season in the NBA.

Granted, injuries to Nowitzki (sore right Achilles), and guards Deron Williams (strained left calf), Devin Harris (sprained right great toe) and guard J.J. Barea (torn muscle in lower left leg) have crippled the Mavs’ offensive attack and made matters even more difficult on the remaining players on the roster. Those absences have severely crippled the Mavs, who will play in Orlando at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Still, coach Rick Carlisle is not in the excuse-making business.

“If you’re looking for me to make some kind of a crazy statement about how bad things are, that’s not how I do business,” Carlisle said. “I’m going to keep coaching these guys the same way, I’m going to keep stressing the positives, we’re going to keep working to get them better.

“I’m not going to try to put lipstick on a pig here. We’ve got some things that we’ve got to deal with and we’ve got to play very efficiently, we’ve got to play very tough, and very together right now.”

The Mavs scored just 29 points in the first half, the fewest points they’ve scored in any half this season. They also tallied just 10 points in the second quarter, which ties the franchise record for the fewest points they’ve ever scored in the second quarter.

To make matters worse, the Mavs suffered through an 8  1/2 -minute stretch in the second quarter and a 6 1/2 -minute stretch in the third quarter when they failed to make any field goals at all.

“We’re having a hard time scoring right now, but were getting some pretty decent shots and we’re doing some good things defensively,” Carlisle said. “Holding this team to 40 percent [shooting] and 80 points is a positive, and we’ve got to keep up the grit on defense and we’ve just got to do a better job on offense.’’

At least the Mavs did avoid setting their franchise low for the fewest points scored in a game. But even that was a chore escaping that futility mark.

The Mavs scored a record-low 62 points in a 21-point loss to Milwaukee on Nov. 22, 1997. They were sitting on 61 points Friday, but rookie Nicolas Brussino drained a 3-pointer with just 24.8 seconds remaining in the game.

The 21 field goals the Mavs converted also were just one shy of tying the franchise record for the fewest field goals made in a game.

It was that kind of long and dreadful game from the Mavs, who shot just 28.8 percent from the field and missed 20 of their 25 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The Mavs also committed 17 turnovers, which Memphis turned into 27 points.

The Grizzlies led by seven at the half, but increased it to 56-41 after three quarters. Former Mavs forward Chandler Parsons led Memphis with 12 points and nailed a 3-pointer, which put Memphis up 51-33 midway through the third quarter.

“Offensively we just couldn’t really get anything going and it kind of kept us out of the game,” said Harrison Barnes, who led all scorers with 15 points on just 5-of-17 shooting. “We had some open looks tonight.

“We just have to slow things down and I think you have to look at things individually, and I missed some shots tonight.”

Memphis

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Ennis

30:29

2-5

0-0

6

4

5

Green

31:53

2-6

1-2

12

4

6

Parsons

23:06

4-7

1-2

2

0

12

Gasol

24:16

5-12

0-0

3

0

11

Conley

28:31

2-7

3-3

4

2

8

Harrison

26:14

2-8

1-2

4

4

6

Carter

24:04

4-11

0-0

3

4

9

Randolph

21:43

4-12

2-2

8

0

10

Allen

18:10

5-6

1-1

3

5

11

Baldwin

4:00

0-1

0-0

0

1

0

Martin

4:00

1-2

0-0

3

0

2

T.Williams

1:47

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Davis

1:47

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Totals

240

31-77

9-12

48

25

80

Percentages: FG .403, FT .750. 3-Point Goals: 9-25, .360 (Parsons 3-5, Gasol 1-1, Ennis 1-2, Conley 1-3, Green 1-3, Harrison 1-4, Carter 1-5, Randolph 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 12 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Conley 2, Allen). Turnovers: 12 (Harrison 3, Conley 2, Green 2, Parsons 2, Carter, Randolph, T.Williams). Steals: 7 (Allen 2, Harrison 2, Conley, Ennis, Green).

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Barnes

33:33

5-17

5-5

7

0

15

Finney-Smith

22:03

2-6

1-1

3

0

5

Bogut

20:54

1-4

0-0

10

3

2

Curry

34:01

4-14

1-1

4

3

11

Matthews

31:26

3-10

1-1

2

0

9

Anderson

32:17

2-9

2-2

6

1

6

Gibson

19:46

3-6

5-8

4

3

11

Powell

17:23

0-3

0-0

1

3

0

Brussino

14:04

1-3

2-2

4

0

5

Mejri

11:21

0-1

0-2

3

1

0

Hammons

3:12

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

Totals

240

21-73

17-22

45

14

64

Percentages: FG .288, FT .773. 3-Point Goals: 5-25, .200 (Curry 2-4, Matthews 2-7, Brussino 1-3, Barnes 0-1, Finney-Smith 0-3, Gibson 0-3, Anderson 0-4). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 17 (27 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Powell 3, Anderson, Bogut, Finney-Smith, Hammons, Mejri). Turnovers: 17 (Anderson 4, Barnes 4, Gibson 4, Bogut 2, Brussino, Curry, Matthews). Steals: 3 (Anderson, Gibson, Matthews). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 7:36 first; Barnes, 7:36 first.

Memphis

19

17

20

24

80

Dallas

19

10

12

23

64

Att.—19,715 (19,200). T—2:17. Officials—Bill Kennedy, Tre Maddox, Mark Lindsay

Mavericks at Magic

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