Luka Doncic’s triple-double slams the door on Grizzlies’ 11-game winning streak


January 14, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, United States; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots in the second half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic recorded 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double as the Dallas Mavericks earned a 112-85 road victory over Memphis on Friday night to end the winning streak the Grizzlies franchise record at 11 games.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points, Jalen Brunson contributed 15 points, nine assists and a career-high five steals for Dallas, which won for the seventh time in its last eight games. The Mavericks beat Memphis 62-30 in the second half.

Marquese Chriss also scored 15 points, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith added 13 each, and Reggie Bullock recorded 10 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks.

Ja Morant recorded 19 points and eight assists and Desmond Bane scored 16 points as Memphis lost for the first time since falling 113-104 to the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 23. Kyle Anderson added 12 points.

Doncic completed his fourth triple-double of the season with a splendid rebounding pass behind his back to Powell, who netted it to make it 99-79 with 5:58 left in the game.

Doncic left then and Dallas scored the next 11 points to cap a 17-0 flurry and increase the lead to 110-79 with 2:15 remaining.

Jarrett Culver’s follow-up hoop with 1:41 left ended the Grizzlies’ drought at 6:04.

The Mavericks were without Kristaps Porzingis (COVID-19 protocol) for the seventh consecutive game.

Dallas shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 8 of 32 from 3-point range. The Mavericks had a 52-41 edge on the boards.

Memphis shot 38.2 percent and was 7 of 31 from behind the arc. The Grizzlies were 13 of 43 (30.2%) from the field in the second half.

Dallas outscored the Grizzlies 34-18 in the third quarter to turn a five-point halftime deficit into an 84-73 lead.

Memphis led 62-54 after Brandon Clarke’s basket with 10 minutes left in the period before the Mavericks scored the next nine points, taking the lead in the basket from Doncic with 7:37 remaining.

Anderson connected on a 3-pointer to draw the Grizzlies 79-73 with 1:33 left.

Doncic responded by scoring the last five points of the third quarter and the first four of the final stanza to give the Mavericks a 15-point lead. Hardaway capped the flurry 12-0 with a 3-pointer to make it 91-73 with 9:58 remaining in the game.

Morant beat Doncic 15-9 in the first half as the Grizzlies held a 55-50 lead at the break.

– Media at field level

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