Final

Dallas wins series 4-0 (Game 4 of 4)

Dallas wins series 4-0

Game 1: Sunday, April 23rd
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Mavericks103
Game 2: Wednesday, April 26th
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Mavericks94
Game 3: Saturday, April 29th
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OT
Grizzlies89
Game 4: Monday, May 1st
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Grizzlies76

Mavericks 102

(60-22, 26-15 away)

Grizzlies 76

(49-33, 30-11 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, May 1, 2006

    FedExForum, Memphis, TN

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 26 22 31 23102
    MEM 23 16 22 1576

    Top Performers

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Memphis: P. Gasol 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl

    Mavs wrap up series sweep of Grizzlies with rout

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Now Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have a long layover before the semifinals begin.

    Considering that their first-round opponent was the Memphis Grizzlies, they should've expected as much.

    "We didn't want to drag the series out and let the momentum change and then the next thing you know you're 3-3, so we wanted to get this out of the way," Nowitzki said after the Dallas Mavericks' 102-76 victory Monday over the Grizzlies in Game 4 of their playoff series.

    Nowitzki didn't have much to worry about.

    Except for a push in Game 3, which went into overtime Saturday, Memphis fell easily, giving the Mavericks their first best-of-seven sweep and the Grizzlies an NBA-record 12th consecutive playoff loss.

    In the Western Conference semifinals, Dallas will face the winner of the San Antonio-Sacramento series, which is tied at two games apiece. The Spurs-Kings series would end Sunday if it goes seven games.

    "We have some guys banged up and we'll get some rest. But we can't relax too much," Nowitzki said. "We've still got to get some work done this week, work on some defense location stuff that we messed up this week and just, you know, stay sharp."

    Nowitzki, who averaged 32.7 points in the first three games, was 12-of-21 from the floor in Game 4 for 27 points. Josh Howard had 24 points for Dallas on 9-of-17 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

    Pau Gasol led Memphis with 25 points and Mike Miller scored 10. They were the only Grizzlies in double figures.

    The Grizzlies could do nothing to stop Dallas when the Mavericks began a push late in the first half.

    "It's hard to overcome mentally when you are down 3-0 and they make a run," Gasol said. "They get comfortable when they get in a lead, and it's hard for us to come back and make a run."

    The Grizzlies were swept for the third time in three consecutive playoff appearances, and fans began filing out of FedExForum early in the final period. Announced attendance was 15,104. The Grizzlies put a sellout at 18,119.

    "I thought this was our best performance of the series," Dallas coach Avery Johnson said. "We talked about playing tough, hard-nosed defense tonight to try and close this series out."

    The Grizzlies already had the longest losing streak of any playoff team before a first postseason victory. The previous record of 11 consecutive playoff losses was set by Baltimore and matched by Denver.

    "We just had a continuation of defensive breakdowns," Memphis coach Mike Fratello said.

    In the only other playoff appearances for the franchise, the Grizzlies were swept in the first round by Phoenix last year and San Antonio the year before.

    "We just didn't have it tonight," the Grizzlies' Shane Battier said. "To beat Dallas you have to bring your 'A' game and we obviously didn't."

    Dallas also got 19 points from Jerry Stackhouse and 12 from Jason Terry.

    Pulling away in the third period, Dallas went up 62-47 following an 11-4 run that was sparked by two 3-pointers by Nowitzki and steals by Nowitzki and Terry. Gasol lost the ball during the Dallas run when he bounced the ball off his foot on a dribble.

    Though trailing Dallas from early in the first period, the Grizzlies stayed close until the final minutes of the first half when Memphis turnovers helped the Mavericks launch a 10-4 run to break for intermission with a 48-39 lead.

    Game notes


    Memphis G Eddie Jones did not start because of an injury to his right hand in Game 3 on Saturday. Jones, who started in all 78 regular and postseason games he played in this season, wore a padded glove on his hurt hand when he entered the game at the start of the second quarter. He was in for five minutes and scored no points. ... Miller, the NBA's Sixth Man winner, started for Jones. ... In another lineup change for Memphis, rookie F Hakim Warrick started for Jake Tsakalidis. Gasol, who normally starts at power forward, started at center. Tsakalidis was ineffective in the first three games of the series, averaging 3.7 points and 3.7 rebounds and played only six minutes in each of the last two. ... Dallas reserve G Marquis Daniels was sidelined with a right leg strain. He was averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in the playoffs.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DAL
    MEM
    Points 102 76
    FGM-FGA 39-79 (.494) 28-67 (.418)
    3PM-3PA 7-12 (.583) 0-7 (.000)
    FTM-FTA 17-17 (1.000) 20-28 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 8-32
    Assists 21 9
    Turnovers 12 14
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 6 1
    Fast Break Points 10 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 30 4

    Top Performers

    Dallas
    Memphis
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0