Luka Doncic’s triple-double slams door on Grizzlies’ 11-game win streak
Luka Doncic recorded 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double as the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 112-85 road victory over Memphis on Friday night to halt the Grizzlies’ franchise-record winning streak at 11 games.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points, Jalen Brunson contributed 15 points, nine assists and a career-best five steals for Dallas, which won for the seventh time in its past eight games. The Mavericks outscored Memphis 62-30 in the second half.
Marquese Chriss also scored 15 points, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith added 13 apiece and Reggie Bullock recorded 10 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks.
Ja Morant recorded 19 points and eight assists and Desmond Bane scored 16 points as Memphis lost for the first time since falling 113-104 to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 23. Kyle Anderson added 12 points.
Doncic achieved his fourth triple-double of the season with a splendid behind-the-back bounce pass to Powell, who laid it in to make it 99-79 with 5:58 left in the game.
Doncic departed at that point and Dallas scored the next 11 points to cap a 17-0 burst and increase the advantage to 110-79 with 2:15 remaining.
Jarrett Culver’s follow hoop with 1:41 left ended the Grizzlies’ scoring drought at 6:04.
The Mavericks were without Kristaps Porzingis (COVID-19 protocol) for the seventh straight game.
Dallas shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 8 of 32 from 3-point range. The Mavericks had a 52-41 edge on the boards.
Memphis hit 38.2 percent of its shots and was 7 of 31 from behind the arc. The Grizzlies were 13 of 43 (30.2 percent) from the field in the second half.
Dallas outscored the Grizzlies 34-18 in the third quarter to turn a five-point halftime deficit into an 84-73 lead.
Memphis led 62-54 after Brandon Clarke’s basket with 10 minutes left in the period before the Mavericks tallied the next nine points, taking the lead on Doncic’s basket with 7:37 remaining.
Anderson connected on a 3-pointer to pull the Grizzlies within 79-73 with 1:33 to play.
Doncic responded by scoring the final five points of the third quarter and the first four of the final stanza to give the Mavericks a 15-point lead. Hardaway capped the 12-0 burst with a 3-pointer to make it 91-73 with 9:58 remaining in the contest.
Morant outscored Doncic 15-9 in the first half as the Grizzlies held a 55-50 lead at the break.
–Field Level Media