Feb 29, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives by Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) during the first half at the FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies: Dallas Falls To Memphis 96-85

Dallas suffered a 96-85 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies and lost Dirk Nowitzki to injury in the process.

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Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies Final Score: Dallas Falls To Memphis 96-85

A poor third quarter proved to be more than the Dallas Mavericks could overcome as they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies by a score of 96-85. After taking a 49-47 lead into halftime, Dallas was outscored 27-19 in the third quarter and 49-36 in the second half.

Dirk Nowitzki suffered tightness in his back during the first half and left the game after scoring just one point. He did not return to the game. Jason Terry led the Mavericks with 18 points and five assists while Rodrigue Beaubois added 16 points. Brendan Haywood chipped in 10 points for the Mavericks.

Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Mike Conley finished with 20 points and 10 assists. Rudy Gay chipped in 18 points and Dante Cunningham came off the bench to score 10.

Head over to Mavs Moneyball for all the latest on Dallas while Straight Outta Vancouverhas you covered for everything Memphis related. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies Score: Dallas Takes 49-47 Lead Over Memphis Into Halftime

Jason Terry's three-pointer with just 27 seconds remaining sent the Dallas Mavericks into the locker room with a 49-47 lead over the Memphis Grizzlies. This one has been close throughout with Memphis building an eight point advantage in the first quarter only to see the Mavericks come storming back in the second.

The Mavericks got a solid performance from Rodrigue Beaubois while they made their charge in the second quarter and he leads Dallas with 12 points at the half. Vince Carter has nine points and Jason Terry added seven off the bench for the Mavericks. Dallas leads by two despite getting just one point from Dirk Nowitzki in the first half.

For Memphis, Marc Gasol leads with 12 points and five rebounds. Rudy Gay and Dante Cunningham each added eight points while Mike Conley finished with seven points and six assists.

Head over to Mavs Moneyball for all the latest on Dallas while Straight Outta Vancouverhas you covered for everything Memphis related. For more news and analysis from around the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies Preview: Five Questions With CBS Sports' Matt Moore

To preview the Mavericks' game against the Grizzlies, we've brought in Matt Moore, an NBA blogger over at CBS Sports who doubles as a diehard Memphis fan at Hardwood Paroxysm, one of the longest-running and most respected sites on the NBA blogosphere.

1. What's the latest on Zach Randolph's injury and do you expect him to be at 100% by the playoffs?

Zach's been practicing and participating in drills. No one's 100% for the playoffs, but he'll be at least there. It's a knee injury to an older player. He could be fine, he could fall off a cliff. No way of knowing.

2. How has Memphis been able to stay afloat despite losing both Randolph and Dallas native Darrell Arthur for most of the season?

Honestly, I have no idea. A lot of it is Rudy Gay, a lot of is Marreese Speights (offensively). They still get in passing lanes, they still pass the ball well when they do pass. Losing Marc Gasol would have been much, much worse.

3. The big question for the Grizzlies coming into the season was how they would re-integrate Rudy Gay after last season's unlikely playoff run. How would you rate his return from injury so far and do you think there are enough shots to go around for Gay, Randolph and Gasol?

B-. Gay still hasn't produced to the level I think he needs to get to for this team to compete for the West. He has to make the leap to being excellent in at least two areas and so far he's "very good in a couple." He just can't get his offense to max out, and that's what keeps this team from being a title contender.

4. Long-term, do you think this team as presently constructed can win an NBA championship?

No. They can compete for the West, they can put the fear of God into teams, they can put together another crazy run at the Finals, but they can't win a title. Randolph's getting older and Gay hasn't made the jump.

5. Over the last few years, there's been a lot of rumblings that the Grizzlies could be a potential target for cities trying to poach an NBA team. Is that still a concern after the way Memphis seemed to rally behind this team in the playoffs?

Absolutely. Even with the lease agreements in place in Memphis, Heisley's still going to look for a way out. Until he comes out and says they're pulling profit and he's happy, I'm not going to buy it.

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Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies: Dallas Looks To Rebound Against A Tough Memphis Team

The Mavericks begin a brutal stretch of seven games in ten days when travel to Memphis to face Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

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