Apr 4, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois (3) drives the ball past Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies: Dallas Uses Big Second Half To Surge Past Memphis

With Delonte West and Rodrigue Beaubois ably running the point in Jason Kidd's absence, the Mavericks pulled away from a tired Grizzlies team in the second half to win 95-85.

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Western Conference Standings Update: Mavericks Currently Sit Sixth

The Dallas Mavericks currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, with a 31-24 record, putting them just percentage points behind the Memphis Grizzlies (30-23).

The Mavs earned a pivotal win against Memphis on Wednesday night, trimming the Grizzlies lead in the loss column to just one game.

As it presently stands, the Thunder are atop the conference with a 40-14 record, trailed by San Antonio, the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Lakers, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers. Those four would host first round playoff series if the postseason started today, and are trailed by Memphis, Dallas, Houston and Denver - who are tied for at the rear end of the playoff standings.

Plenty can change between now and the end of the season, as Memphis - the current fifth seed - is just two and a half games up on ninth-place Phoenix.

Should be a fun home stretch.

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Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies Final Score: Dallas Uses Second Half Surge To Get Past Memphis

The Mavericks outscored the Grizzlies by 14 points in the second half en route to a 95-85 victory and a grasp of a virtual tie for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

Dirk Nowitzki paced the defending champions with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes, while Jason Terry added 15 points off the bench.

The Mavs were both balanced and efficient on offense, connecting on 50 percent of their field goal attempts with six players attempting seven or more shots.

With the win, Dallas stands at 31-24 in the Western Conference standings, although they remain percentage points behind the Grizzlies because Memphis has lost fewer games (30-23).

Marc Gasol led his team with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in defeat.

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Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies Halftime Update: Dallas Down 51-47

Despite shooting 51.2 percent from the field, the Dallas Mavericks find themselves down 51-47 at halftime to the Memphis Grizzlies in Wednesday night NBA action.

Surprisingly, center Marc Gasol was the lead distributor for the Grizzlies in the first half, nothing six assists to go along with five points and five rebounds.

Unsurprisingly, Dirk Nowtizki and Jason Terry led the scoring charge for Dallas, combining for 19 points.

The game is an important one for both sides, as each team enters tonight's action with 30 wins. The Grizzlies, however, hold the advantage in the loss column with just 22, while Dallas has 24. A win tonight would send either team into fifth place in the Western Conference as the regular season comes to a close.

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Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies Preview: Five Questions With Straight Outta Vancouver

We discuss the Grizzlies place in the Western Conference hierarchy, Zach Randolph's return from injury and why exactly they brought in Gilbert Arenas.

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Mavericks Vs. Grizzlies: Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Mavericks are one game behind visiting Memphis in the Western Conference standings, but must break a losing streak to the Grizzlies to gain a spot in the playoff race.

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