Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 4/7/12
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Rudy Gay scored 25 points, Zach Randolph added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies built a big early lead and held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 94-89 on Saturday night. Gilbert Arenas added 14 points and made three 3-pointers, while Mike Conley finished with 12 points for Memphis, which won its second straight and seventh in the last nine games. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 17 points and eight rebounds, and Brandan Wright added 16 points. Vince Carter had 14 points, while Shawn Marion finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Mavericks' second straight loss. Memphis led 29-10 after one quarter and moved two games ahead of Dallas for fifth place in the Western Conference, also claiming the head-to-head tiebreaker by winning the season series 2-1. The Mavericks weathered an early 20-point Memphis advantage and pulled close midway through the third period. But the Grizzlies never let Dallas take the lead, although four free throws by Nowitzki down the stretch cut the Memphis lead to 92-89 with 21.5 seconds left. Randolph hit a pair of free throws 6 seconds later, and Marc Gasol stole an inbounds pass in the closing seconds to preserve the Memphis victory. Dallas missed 13 of its 14 shots, finishing 2 of 15 in the first quarter. Randolph's 3-pointer as the horn sounded at the end of the first frame gave Memphis a 29-10 lead, the 10 points matching Dallas' season-low for points in a quarter. Nowitzki missed all five of his shots and was 1 of 7 in the half. The Mavericks got untracked in the second, scoring the first eight points as Memphis began struggling from the field. Jason Terry connected on a couple of 3-pointers, and Dallas got the advantage under double digits, when Carter's drive with 1:36 left in the half made it 43-34. Memphis carried a 50-39 lead into halftime as Gay had 14 points. The Mavericks continued to chip into the lead in the third, starting the quarter outscoring Memphis 23-13, a rally capped by a 3-pointer from Carter. That pulled Dallas within 63-62, but Memphis pushed it back to 72-67 entering the final period. Memphis got the lead to 10 once in the fourth, and maintained a five- to seven-point advantage through much of the quarter. NOTES: The Mavericks were without reserve forward Ian Mahinmi, who welcomed a new baby girl earlier Saturday. . Memphis G Tony Allen missed his second straight game after getting popped in the mouth during Wednesday's game at Dallas, resulting in seven stitches inside his mouth. .The game drew 18,119, Memphis' fourth sellout of the season. . Arenas, signed by the Grizzlies on March 20, is 11 of 15 from the field, including 7 of 10 from outside the arc over the last four games. .Marion has at least nine rebounds in six of his last eight games. .Dallas shot 46.6 percent for the game, losing for only the fourth time this season when shooting better than 45 percent.
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