Mavericks at Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies endured a bumpy adjustment period following the trade of Rudy Gay, losing three of four games after shipping their leading scorer to Toronto in a three-team deal. Those early wobbles appear to be a thing of the past for the Grizzles, who will take a seven-game winning streak into Wednesday's home matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. Memphis faced only two opponents with records above .500 during its recent surge, which left the team one win short of matching its longest streak of the season.
The Dallas Mavericks are already facing an uphill climb to move into the postseason picture and their chances took another hit with Tuesday's home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Dallas led by seven points midway through the fourth quarter and five with just over three minutes left but scored only two points the rest of the way. The Mavericks dropped five games behind eighth-place Houston as they head into a grueling stretch where they will play seven of the next eight games on the road.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas), SportSouth (Memphis)
ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (25-31): Dallas wasted another strong performance from Dirk Nowitzki, who had 21 points and 20 rebounds in his first 20-20 game since April 2003. Nowitzki, who underwent knee surgery that forced him to miss the first 27 games, has scored 20 points in three straight games for the first time this season. He also posted consecutive double-doubles for the first time since April 4-6, 2012. Elton Brand added a double off the bench with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (37-18): Memphis remained on a roll despite managing its second-lowest point total in Sunday's 76-72 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The Grizzlies, who are one of two teams (Indiana is the other) surrendering fewer than 90 points per game, have been especially tenacious during their last three games, allowing an average of 78 points. Zach Randolph notched his fourth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds against Brooklyn. Randolph is averaging 14 boards during that span.
1. Randolph ranks second in the league with 34 double-doubles.
2. Brand is averaging 14 points and 8.5 boards in his last four games.
3. Grizzlies PG Mike Conley had three steals Sunday to surpass Gay as the franchise leader with 642.