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Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2013 at 11:41 pm •  Published: February 27, 2013

"They started picking us up and really got into us," Nowitzki said of Memphis' turnaround. "We didn't really have much going from that point on. They got going and were all over us. That really sums it up. They put the pressure on us, and that was the game."

The Mavericks, who defeated Memphis 104-83 in Dallas on Jan. 12, sprinted to an early lead on accurate shooting. Dallas connected on nine of its first 11 shots, while Memphis missed its first eight and managed to connect on only three of its first 14.

A lot of the Grizzlies' misses came from an early aggressive defense from the Mavericks.

The Mavericks hardly looked as though they were the ones playing the second night of a back-to-back. They had much more energy, and Memphis' lack of defense allowed the Mavericks to have open shots. That meant Dallas still shooting 65 percent near the midway point of the second quarter.

Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said he noticed the team lagging at practice Tuesday after taking Monday off, then again at shootaround earlier Wednesday. That spilled over to the poor start, he said.

"We aren't that talented," Hollins said of the thought that his team can turn it up at any point. "We have to be prepared. We have to be mentally and physically ready to play."

Dallas continued to extend the advantage until Memphis started its comeback and trailed 55-42 at the break. Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 14 points. Gasol led Memphis with 13, while Daye came off the bench with 10.

"At halftime, (Hollins) didn't have too many words," Randolph said when asked the difference between the halves. "He said we know what we are doing and knew what we had to do and left it to us. We came together and kept fighting. It was one of probably the best games of the season."

Conley tried to recall a similar comeback in his career, but struggled for a specific one.

"This one was by far one of the most memorable because it was so out of hand so early," Conley said, adding: "It was just unbelievable."

NOTES: The Mavericks' 38 first-quarter points matched the most allowed by Memphis in a quarter this season. ... Nowitzki passed Larry Bird in the first quarter on the career list for made field goals. Nowitzki is now in 21st place. .. Marion grabbed an offensive rebound in the third quarter, giving him 2,500 in his career. ... It was the largest Grizzlies comeback at home in franchise history. The previous record was a 23-point comeback on Jan. 29, 2000, against New Jersey when the Grizzlies were in Vancouver. ... The 20 unanswered points to open the third, plus four straight to close the first half, was the most consecutive points (24) in franchise history. ... The Grizzlies had another eight-game winning streak near the start of the season.