Friday, February 22, 2008

Nowitzki, Kidd Team Up to Lift Dallas

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 22 (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and Jason Kidd had 15 assists on Friday night to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 98-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jason Terry finished with 22 points for Dallas, going 9-of-15 from the field, while Josh Howard added 20 points. Nowitzki missed only one of his nine shots in the game, while shooting 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Rudy Gay led Memphis with 18 points, while Hakim Warrick had 15 points and nine rebounds. Kyle Lowry finished with 12 points, Mike Conley added 11 and Javaris Crittenton had 10 points.

Dallas had lost four straight road games, but a stop in Memphis can cure most road woes.

The Mavericks, who have won 11 straight regular season games in the series, took a double-digit lead in the first quarter, led by 20 in the first half, and extended it to 26 after the break.

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