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    Jan 15, 2022
    Luka Doncic and the Mavs ended the Grizzlies' 11-game win streak.
    Luka Doncic and the Mavs ended the Grizzlies' 11-game win streak.

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Luka Doncic had a triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and the Dallas Mavericks used a second-half rally to rout Memphis 112-85 on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time), ending the Grizzlies' winning streak at 11 games.

    Doncic had 18 points in the second half, connecting on 8 of 10 shots. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points, and Jalen Brunson and Marquese Chriss had 15 points each, with Brunson adding nine assists.

    Ja Morant led Memphis with 19 points and eight assists, Desmond Bane had 16 points, and Kyle Anderson added 12. The Grizzlies lost for the first time since Dec. 23.

    Red-hot Mavs

    While Memphis was on a franchise-best winning streak, the Mavericks were playing well. Before losing 108-85 at New York on Wednesday night, Dallas had clicked off six straight victories.

    Dallas gained a bit of a cushion in the second half, starting the third quarter shooting better than the first half. That catapulted the Mavs to an 84-73 lead entering the fourth. Donicic scored 10 points in the third to help the Mavericks build their lead as they outscored Memphis 34-18 in the frame.

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      When Dallas rattled off the first seven points of the fourth, the lead swelled to 18. Grizzlies interim coach Darko Rajakovic called off his starters with five minutes left and Memphis trailing by 24.

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      Mavericks: Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) and Kristaps Porzingis (health and safety protocol) were both out. … Dallas has won seven of the last 10 games in the series. …Maxi Kleber started his 10th game of the season.

      Grizzlies: The Grizzlies had swept three back-to-backs in the streak. They beat Minnesota on Thursday night. …C Steven Adams returned after missing four games in health and safety protocols. …F Brandon Clarke started his first game of the season.

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