In the end, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to lay their hat, hang their hat, throw their hat jubilantly in the air ... whatever they wished, handling the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Friday, 92-82.
Oh, there were pockets of competitiveness from Dallas, which dropped to 12-15 and 4-11 on the road. The Mavs mounted a 12-2 run before halftime. They actually tied the game early in the third. And two try-hard guys, Shawn Marion and DoJo, never gave up the cause.
Trix survived while wrasslin' with Zach Randolph (17 points, 13 rebounds) and contributed 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Dominique Jones vaulted from third-string (or lower) point guard to Mavs Player of the Game candidate for his 13-point, seven-assist night. Both those numbers represent career highs achieved because Derek Fisher (knee) didn't make the trip and because Darren Collison left due to an illness -- an illness that coach Rick Carlisle seemed to scratch his head over in the postgame media brief...