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  • 01 Jul
    DALLAS -- Balance paid off in different ways for the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night in a 111-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. [b]Damion Willis Jersey[/b] . First, there was the balance of having six players score in double figures, led by Dirk Nowitzkis 24 points. There was also the balance of scoring 40 points, in 46 attempts, from the free throw line on a night when Dallas shot just 40 per cent from the field. And there was the balance of playing at both ends of the court. Shawn Marion did all that as well as anyone Saturday. His double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds -- six offensive -- included making 9 of 10 free throws. His two blocked shots were a game high. "We can score the ball like we should, but weve got to play defence too," Marion said. "We did that early and took them out of their rhythm." The 6-foot-7 Marion drew the assignment of covering 6-1 point guard Mike Conley in the first half. Conley made just 2 of 6 field goal attempts and scored eight points in the first half. "(Marion) loves taking on a challenge," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "Any time you take Conley out of a game, thats important. "I can think of less than five, maybe six guys that can guard a guy like Conley for big minutes and then guard a guy like Zach Randolph and then any other kind of guy in between." Carlisle then invoked the names of LeBron James and Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. "Ive heard that before," Marion said with a shrug. "Especially Pippen. Ive been compared to him since I came in. I want to be the best I can." Dallas missed its first seven shots before Nowitzki banked in a 3-pointer 2:20 into the game. The Mavericks went on a 13-0 run over 2 1/2 minutes to take a 16-6 lead they never lost. Memphis came no closer than four points, in the third quarter. Conley said, "We dug ourselves into a hole early, and we cant start games that way. You cant play from behind against good teams." One night after trailing by 16 points at the end of the first quarter in a loss at Houston, Dallas bounced back with its own 16-point lead over the Grizzlies, 32-16 after the first 12 minutes. Nowitzki said, "We heard about it from Coach all day, how we gave up 40 points in the first quarter (Friday), so that was a big emphasis coming in. We knew they had a tough game yesterday; they won in overtime." Dallas lead reached 47-26 before Memphis outscored the Mavericks 17-2 to get within 49-43 at halftime. Conley finished with 24 points, while Marc Gasol scored 23 and Randolph had 21 points and 14 rebounds. For Dallas, Monta Ellis had 18 points. Jose Calderon broke out of a shooting slump with 15 points, Samuel Dalembert didnt miss a shot in scoring 14 and Vince Carter added 11 in a reserve role. Calderon had made just 1 of 15 shots from the field in the first two games. Last seasons NBA leader in 3-point percentage had been 1 for 8 from beyond the arc before going 3 for 7 on Saturday. Calderon, who finished 4 for 11 overall from the field, received a pre-game vote of confidence from owner Mark Cuban. "Thats not something thats going to stay," he said. "The shots that were going in his entire career arent going in. If hes 0 for 73 after 12 games, then well talk about it." Calderon clearly agreed. "Its not something you just lose one day," he said. "Youve been doing it for so long, youre going to have games like the ball dont want to go in, but youve got to keep shooting so its nothing else youve got to worry about." Memphis outrebounded Dallas 18-9 in the third quarter but gave away most of that advantage by committing eight turnovers to the Mavericks three. "We fought back into the game," Gasol said. "We just didnt convert enough baskets to get to a tie game or ahead. Carters three-point play with 5 seconds to play in the quarter boosted Dallas lead to 73-63. Consecutive steals leading to dunks by Ellis and Marion helped the Mavericks rebuild the lead. "The turnovers - 18 - thats like 4 too many," Grizzlies head coach David Joerger said. "Because youre down 10 (points), OK, you got to 7 and then you make a mistake and it bounces back to 11 or 12." Memphis finished just 3 for 16 (19 per cent) from 3-point range. NOTES: Dallas entered the game 52-18 all-time against Memphis, but the Grizzlies had won the previous three meetings and 11 of the last 17. . Dallas will play back-to-back games on all five Fridays and Saturdays in November. . Nowitzki had fouled out Friday for the first time since Nov. 4, 2009, at New Orleans. His seven successful free throws against Memphis gave him 6,186 for his career, moving him past Hall of Famer Bob Pettit for 14th place all-time ... Ellis third steal, in the third quarter, gave him 900 for his career .. 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Slimani, one of three Algeria scorers who didnt start in the opening 2-1 loss to Belgium, broke the deadlock in the 26th minute with a fine solo goal, running onto a through ball between two defenders and then touching it past Jung Sung-ryong. Twoo minutes after the restart, defender Rafik Halliche powerfully headed in a corner after Jung came off his line but failed to make contact with the ball. [b]Randy Bullock Jersey[/b]. Algeria added a third goal in the 38th when Abdelmoumene Djabou side-footed home from close to the penalty spot after Slimani pulled the ball back for him. South Korea didnt manage a shot on target all half, and struggled to break down Algerias attacks. However, it was far more positive after the break and pulled a goal back in the 48th minute when Son Heung-min shot through the legs of Rais Mbolhi. Hopes of a remarkable comeback were soon extinguished, though, when swift passing by Slimani put Yacini Brahimi through on a counter attack to make it 4-1. 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