Memphis (USA), May 11 (EFE) .- The point guard Ja Morant had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while the Memphis Grizzlies used a scoring streak in the third quarter that helped them win by beating 133- 104 to the Dallas Mavericks.
Forward Dillon Brooks added 22 points and John Konchar had a season-high 18 points for the Grizzlies.
Forward Kyle Anderson scored 15 points, including 10 in the key third quarter as Memphis continues to try to move up the Western Conference standings.
While both teams are in the postseason, they can still improve their seeds.
Memphis, which earned a spot in the play-in tournament with Monday night’s win over New Orleans, still has a chance of moving up to eighth place.
The Mavericks, who are about to claim sixth place in the West, will have to wait before securing a spot to avoid the Western Conference entry tournament.
Forward Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 19 points, while center Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 16 points, his best of the season.
Point guard Jalen Brunson scored 15, while the Mavericks’ top scorer, Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic, had 12 points but made 4 of 16 shots from the field and missed all four of his 3-point attempts, one of the worst performances he has ever seen had the former Real Madrid player so far this season.
“I wasn’t myself,” Doncic admitted. “We have to recover, but this game was obviously one of the worst I’ve ever played. I have to be better than that.”
Memphis outscored the Mavericks 36-25 in the third quarter to take a 96-82 lead entering the fourth. Anderson hit the streak with his first five shots in the fourth and Morant had 11 in the same period.
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