Posted April 15, 2013 on AP on Fox
Keyon Dooling scored 13 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer before consecutive baskets by Ed Davis, and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied to keep alive their chance of hosting a first-round playoff series with a 103-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Jerryd Bayless had 19 points and the Grizzlies' bench accounted for 64 points - all 35 in the decisive fourth quarter. Dooling, who signed April 3 as a free agent, had only 12 points combined his first five games. 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. 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. 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 around the outside of 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.'' Tayhsaun Prince had 12 points, the only Memphis starter in double figures. Davis finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Dooling, signed as a free agent April 3 and playing only his sixth game for the Grizzlies, hit a 3-pointer with 8:02 left for an 80-78 lead. There was 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. That all came right after Nowitzki's three-point play to put Dallas, which had a 14-point lead before halftime, back in front. Nowitzki had made a four-point play just a couple of minutes before that, sinking a 3-pointer while being fouled and then adding the free throw to tie the game at 73-all. Before the game, Nowitzki was recognized for surpassing 25,000 career points Sunday night. Dallas had a 46-32 lead on a short fadeaway jumper by Chris Kaman with 4:08 left in the first half. That came just after a span of just more than 2 minutes when Carter had two long 3-pointers, then blocked a shot by Austin Daye. Carter got that rebound, took off the other way and double-clutched in the air over a defender to make a shot. After Kaman's shot, the Grizzlies went on a 19-4 run into the third quarter. They took their first lead in the game on 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: 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.
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