Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies, NBA score and recap, April 12, 2017

Even with one-third of their team back in North Texas resting — including Tony Romo — the Dallas Mavericks did what not many thought they could do.

Behind 15 points apiece from Devin Harris and Nicolas Brussino, the Mavs snapped a five-game losing streak and ended the regular season with a 100-93 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies before 16,274 at the FedEx Forum.

The win was just the second in the last 10 games for the Mavs, who ended one of their most frustrating seasons in recent years with a dismal 33-49 record.

Mavs veterans Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews, Seth Curry and J.J. Barea didn’t make the trip to Memphis. But the starting lineup of rookies Yogi Ferrell, Dorian Finney-Smith and Brussino — along with Nerlens Noel and Dwight Powell — more than held their own against the Grizzlies, who open a first-round, best-of-seven playoff series Saturday in San Antonio.

“It’s a game of execution,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We kept turnovers down, we ended up rebounding better in the second half and our depth guys closed the game right, so I’m happy for them.

“They’ve been in a lot of these late-game situations in the last week-and-a-half and it hasn’t gone so well, but they earned it tonight.”

About the only downer, if there is one, is that the victory prevented the Mavs from possibly moving up a rung or two in the high-stakes game of the NBA Draft Lottery.

“You can’t think about that kind of stuff,” Carlisle said. “We had a strategy for the last five or six games; we were going to play our veterans early and finish with the younger guys and let the chips fall where they may.

“Tonight, I really liked the way the guys played in the fourth (quarter).”

In seizing control of the game, the Mavs outscored the Grizzlies 30-19 in the fourth quarter.

They’ve been in a lot of these late-game situations in the last week-and-a-half and it hasn’t gone so well, but they earned it tonight.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle

Newcomer DeAndre Liggins, who the Mavs claimed off waivers Tuesday, had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. A steal and layup by Liggins, combined with a 3-pointer by Finney-Smith, put the Mavs ahead 87-82 with 5:55 remaining.

A jumper by Finney-Smith kept the margin at five — 93-88 — with 3:02 left. And a 3-pointer by Brussino padded the Mavs’ cushion to 97-90 with 1:30 left.

“They were being physical with (Brussino) early, he adjusted and he got in a more leverage position on offense and defense and made them foul him a few times, he got open for a few shots and he hit the big dagger shot at the end,” Carlisle said. “He did some good things, and he’s also showing in a pinch you can put him out there at point and he can run the team and get through it.”

Memphis led 27-22 after the first quarter, 55-46 at the half and 74-70 after three quarters. The Mavs did just enough to stay within striking distance, then made their move in the fourth quarter.

“I definitely thought it went well,” said Noel, who contributed 10 points and seven boards in 23 minutes. “The whole team brought it.

“I think the younger guys did a great job of just playing with a flow and getting good shots and playing solid defense.”

This is the beginning for a lot of us for our career, and it’s always nice to get a win with us playing.

Mavericks rookie Jarrod Uthoff

And Harris, who added seven assists to go with his 15 points, provided the veteran leadership the young players needed to piece together this victory.

“It’s funny, because before the game I looked over next to Yogi and I said, ‘We got to get this win,’ ” said rookie Jarrod Uthoff, who scored 11 points in 19 minutes. “I think it’s a morale booster, especially all of us young guys.

“This is the beginning for a lot of us for our career, and it’s always nice to get a win with us playing.”

As far the season as a whole, Carlisle was glib.

“All things considered, it went by surprisingly fast,” he said. “I can’t make any more profound a statement than that.”

Dallas

22

24

24

30

100

Memphis

27

28

19

19

93

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Brussino

36:38

4-8

3-3

7

2

15

Finney-Smith

30:52

3-9

0-0

5

2

7

Noel

22:38

4-8

2-2

7

0

10

Powell

34:22

2-11

6-6

3

4

12

Ferrell

28:14

2-9

2-3

1

3

7

Liggins

24:37

3-6

2-3

7

3

8

Harris

19:48

6-12

3-4

2

0

15

Uthoff

19:07

4-6

3-4

2

0

11

Hammons

12:00

3-4

3-4

1

2

9

Mejri

11:44

2-2

1-2

2

3

6

Totals

240

33-75

25-31

37

19

100

Percentages: FG .440, FT .806. 3-Point Goals: 9-34, .265 (Brussino 4-8, Powell 2-9, Mejri 1-1, Ferrell 1-4, Finney-Smith 1-5, Liggins 0-1, Uthoff 0-1, Harris 0-5). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 12 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Hammons 2, Ferrell, Noel, Uthoff). Turnovers: 12 (Brussino 3, Ferrell 2, Noel 2, Powell 2, Finney-Smith, Hammons, Harris). Steals: 9 (Brussino 2, Liggins 2, Ferrell, Finney-Smith, Harris, Noel, Powell).

Memphis

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Green

21:11

1-2

0-0

5

2

3

Gasol

24:16

5-13

2-2

8

1

13

Allen

5:50

2-4

0-0

2

0

4

Carter

22:14

1-4

2-2

2

2

5

Conley

17:18

5-9

3-4

2

0

15

Selden

31:13

4-7

0-0

1

3

10

Harrison

24:57

2-6

4-6

4

4

8

Daniels

24:12

1-9

0-0

2

3

3

Randolph

19:34

7-14

1-1

5

2

15

Baldwin

18:16

3-8

3-3

4

2

9

Wright

15:45

1-3

2-2

4

1

4

Davis

8:54

0-1

0-0

3

3

0

Martin

6:20

1-4

2-2

6

0

4

Totals

240

33-84

19-22

48

23

93

Percentages: FG .393, FT .864. 3-Point Goals: 8-25, .320 (Selden 2-3, Conley 2-5, Gasol 1-2, Green 1-2, Carter 1-4, Daniels 1-4, Baldwin 0-1, Randolph 0-1, Harrison 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 14 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Gasol 2, Harrison 2, Wright). Turnovers: 14 (Baldwin 4, Daniels 3, Gasol 2, Randolph 2, Carter, Martin, Selden). Steals: 4 (Baldwin 2, Conley, Harrison). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 9:10 second; team, 9:10 second. Att.—16,274 (18,119). T—2:22.

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