Dirk Nowitzki had 31 points and Jason Terry scored 23, with the duo sparking the two key runs that pushed the Mavericks to a 97-87 victory over Memphis last night for their franchise-record 13th straight win at home.
After the Mavericks trailed by 19 points in the second quarter, Nowitzki and Terry combined for all but one basket in a 21-2 run spanning halftime. Dallas never trailed again after Terry's 15-footer early in the third quarter made it 59-58.
The Grizzlies closed to 83-82 on a 10-foot jumper by Shane Battier with 7:21 left. Terry responded with a breakaway layup that started a game-ending 14-5 spurt that included 6 straight points by Nowitzki.
The Mavericks (43-11), with the best record in the Western Conference, haven't lost at home since Dec. 30 against Golden State and have won 17 of 18 overall.
Memphis had won four straight since a season-worst five-game losing streak that started the month.
Terry and Nowitzki started the game-turning run by producing the last 7 points of the first half -- in a span of 34 seconds.
Nowitzki had an assist on Terry's 15-foot jumper, then Terry had a backcourt steal and made a 3-pointer from the left corner. Nowitzki then had a steal and converted that with a running layup after taking a pass from Terry.
Dallas, which had trailed, 50-31, with 4:32 left in the first half, was within 56-47 at the break.
Pistons 88, Pacers 83 -- Rasheed Wallace scored 11 of his game-high 28 points in a key fourth-quarter surge to lift Detroit over Indiana in Auburn Hills, Mich.
With Detroit leading, 70-64, early in the fourth, Wallace hit four straight shots -- three from 3-point range -- in 97 seconds.
The win was Detroit's first at home against Indiana since April 4, 2004. Indiana won both meetings at the Palace last year -- the first ended early by the infamous brawl and the second was delayed by a bomb threat aimed at the Pacers locker room.
There were no such incidents in this one, in which Ben Wallace added 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks for the Pistons, while Chauncey Billups had 14 points and nine assists.
Stephen Jackson led the Pacers with 15 points.