Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Saturday, November 15th
Game 2: Saturday, December 27th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 17th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 13th

Mavericks 101


Grizzlies 108


    7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2003

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DAL 21 25 32 17 6101
    MEM 31 17 24 23 13108

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mem: J. Williams 20 Pts, 9 Ast, 3 Stl

    Nowitzki gets 8 stitches but returns

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- By this time last season, the Memphis Grizzlies didn't have a win at all, much less three in a row.

    Shawn Bradley

    Memphis' Gasol gets rejected by the Mavs' Shawn Bradley.

    But all of a sudden, the Grizzlies are winning at home over some of the NBA's top teams.

    Mike Miller had 22 points, including six in overtime, and Jason Williams added 20 points and nine assists Saturday night to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 108-101 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

    The win not only snapped an 11-game losing streak to Dallas, but gave Memphis home wins over the Mavericks, Lakers and San Antonio in the season's opening weeks. Also, the Grizzlies are 5-4, the latest in the season they've been above .500 in franchise history.

    "Not bad," said Memphis forward Pau Gasol. "It means we are headed in the right way. We're working hard, and it means the team has changed, mentally especially."

    The Grizzlies opened the extra period with seven straight points. Dallas got to 102-99 on Antawn Jamison's layup with 2:04 to play, but Memphis never let the Mavericks get closer.

    Antoine Walker's 29-footer at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime tied at 95. Walker's off-balance shot hit the backboard, clanged off the rim and dropped through as the horn sounded.

    "I couldn't get one to go all night, but I got the important one," Walker said. "Unfortunately, we came up short, so it was all for naught."

    Memphis coach Hubie Brown said there wasn't much more his defenders could have done to prevent Walker's shot at the end of regulation.

    "He shot it from Chicago," Brown said. "He wasn't trying to bank the shot. It was a miraculous shot."

    Dallas All-Star center Dirk Nowitzki left the game in the third quarter after receiving a cut over his right eye that required eight stitches. He returned midway through the fourth period with a bandage over the wound, but was ineffective, going 0-for-4 from the field and having only two rebounds before fouling out with 37 seconds to play.

    "He wasn't the same when he came back into the game. He was dizzy," Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. "We have to be careful and watch him."

    It was a rough game with 45 total fouls, five technicals, one ejection and some generally physical play. But Nelson, who got one of the Dallas technicals, avoided any comments about officiating.

    "I better stay off that," he said. "I've been suspended enough."

    Gasol added 17 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis, and James Posey, whose head-to-head collision with Nowitzki caused the cut, had 12. Reserve Shane Battier scored 11.

    Nowitzki and Michael Finley had 19 points each for the Mavericks, Nowitzki adding 11 rebounds. Steve Nash had 16 points and eight assists, while Walker finished with 15 points and 10 boards.

    The Grizzlies led by as many as 13 points in the first half before a 17-4 run tied the game at 39. Nowitzki, who had 17 first-half points, scored 10 in the second period to lead the comeback.

    Williams' 3-pointer with 18 seconds left before half gave Memphis a 48-46 lead at the break.

    The Mavericks took a 78-72 lead into the final period after Finley's 11 points in the third quarter.

    "We just had to work a couple of extra minutes," Posey said of the Memphis effort. "We still played with the energy and that sense of urgency."

    Game Notes: Dallas reserve G Tony Delk did not play because of a strained left hamstring. Delk, who is from Brownsville, Tenn., about 40 miles from Memphis, had Mavericks officials scurrying for tickets for family and friends. ... Memphis C Stromile Swift saw his first action in the last three games. With Jake Tsakalidis getting more playing time, Swift had lost his place in Brown's 10-man rotation. ... Nelson's and Nowitzki's first-quarter technicals were for arguing with officials about no-calls. ...Grizzlies reserve C Lorenzen Wright was ejected in the fourth quarter after earning his second technical of the game. Wright and Shawn Bradley got tangled leading to a double-technical, and Wright had earned one earlier in the game for arguing a call.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 108
    FGM-FGA 39-97 (.402) 40-89 (.449)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 6-18 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 17-27 (.630) 22-32 (.688)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 20-58 12-51
    Assists 22 25
    Turnovers 17 13
    Steals 10 14
    Blocks 8 9
    Fast Break Points 7 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (3/0) 21 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 19
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Jason Williams Williams
    Points: 20
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0