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Mavs let 17-point lead disappear

DALLAS -- So much for making a statement.

The Mavs followed a magnificent first half with a miserable third quarter, allowing the Grizzlies to get right back in the game. The 17-point advantage the Mavs opened the quarter with completely disappeared. The Mavs ended the quarter trailing by one, 79-78.

The defensive intensity the Mavs rediscovered in the first half apparently stayed in the locker room. Memphis scored 41 points in the quarter, a dozen by Zach Randolph. That's the most points in a quarter by a Dallas opponent this season. The Grizzlies hit 18 of 25 shots from the floor in the quarter.

It didn't help matters that the Mavs were so sloppy with the ball, leading to several fast breaks for Memphis. The Grizzlies lead the league in turnovers forced, but that's no excuse for the Mavs coughing up the ball six times in the quarter.