The Dallas Mavericks stayed above .500 by splitting two games in a quick Midwest road jaunt over the weekend, but were unable to close the gap between themselves and the Southwest Division leaders.
On Friday, the Mavs dropped an embarrassing 20-point loss to the Indiana Pacers after scoring just 34 points in the second half. The next day in Cleveland, Dallas claimed a 103-95 win over the Cavaliers to bring its overall record to 6-5.
Atop the division, however, the Memphis Grizzlies kept on rolling. The Grizzlies dealt the New York Knicks their first loss of the season on Friday, 105-95. Then, Saturday's 94-87 win over the Charlotte Bobcats moved Memphis to 8-1 on the season, which is the best record in the NBA.
Also ahead of the Mavs are the San Antonio Spurs. Their lone weekend game was a 126-100 demolishing of the Denver Nuggets. At 8-2, the Spurs are ahead of Dallas by three games.
Both the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets went 0-2.