DALLAS – Pau Gasol scored a season-high 36 points, added 15 rebounds and five assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Dallas Mavericks’ seven-game winning streak with a 112-92 victory.

Damon Stoudamire added 22 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who’ve won six of eight and handed the Mavericks their first home loss.

The loss prevented Dallas’ Avery Johnson from matching the best regular-season coaching record in NBA history after 30 games. Johnson fell to 25-5 since becoming the coach near the end of last season.

Al Cervi’s 26-4 mark for the Syracuse Nationals in 1949-50 remains the best 30-game coaching start in NBA regular-season history.

The Mavericks, who were led by Dirk Nowitzki’s 27 points and Josh Howard’s 17, began the season 5-0 at home and 9-2 overall, but were flat against the aggressive Grizzlies a night after winning at Miami.

Howard hurt his right ankle with 2:35 left when he stepped on teammate Devin Harris’ foot while guarding Stoudamire under the Memphis basket. Howard had to be helped off the floor and was undergoing X-rays when the game ended.

Both teams were playing their third game in five nights, but the Grizzlies were able to maintain the momentum from Friday’s win over the Houston Rockets in Memphis.

The Grizzlies had lost their last nine games in Dallas. Their last road win over the Mavericks came on Nov. 8, 2000, when the franchise was based in Vancouver.

Memphis took an 87-75 lead into the final quarter.

Dallas got as close as 89-83 early in the fourth quarter, but Memphis got back-to-back 3-pointers from Eddie Jones and Stoudamire for a 95-85 edge with 6:29 left.

Gasol, who had a season-low nine points on Friday night, set the tone with a 16-point first quarter. Gasol was 5-for-8 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the free throw line in the opening quarter.

Memphis took control with a 29-13 first-half run, converting 11 straight field goal attempts during the stretch to grab a 44-30 lead with under eight minutes to go until halftime.

The Grizzlies were in front at the break, 60-49, behind Gasol’s 19 points in Memphis’ best scoring half of the season.

Notes: Gasol was one point short of his career high. … Memphis G Mike Miller missed the game after sustaining a concussion and a cut over his eye early in Friday night’s game. … The Grizzlies took a 31-27 lead after the first quarter, matching their high quarter of the season and representing the most points allowed by the Mavericks in the opening quarter this season. …The Grizzlies shot 60 percent from the field in the opening half (21-for-35).

AP-ES-11-26-05 2312EST


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