Mavs used balanced offense to beat Grizzlies
DALLAS (AP) -- Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis scored 14 points each to lead seven Dallas players in double figures as the Mavericks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-103 on Monday night.
All five Mavericks starters scored 10 or more. In addition to Chandler and Ellis, Chandler Parsons and Jameer Nelson had 11 each and Dirk Nowitzki added 10. Off the bench, Richard Jefferson scored 13 and Al-Farouq Aminu 12.
Quincy Pondexter scored 18 points to lead Memphis. Marc Gasol added 17 points.
Dallas scored the first seven points, but the Grizzlies chipped away behind Gasol, who had 13 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. Memphis tied the score at 27 on Vince Carter's free throw with 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Mavericks' Chandler scored eight points in the first.
Memphis shot only 33 percent in the second quarter and Dallas gradually built a 13-point advantage. Nelson scored the Mavericks' last seven points of the half for a 57-44 lead.
Parsons had all 11 of his points in the first half.
The Grizzlies heated up after halftime, making their first five shots from the field to pull within 62-55. Nowitzki then made a 3-point play as Dallas regained control. The Mavericks led by 19 points at 91-72 entering the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies: Carter, who played the last three seasons for the Mavericks, returned to Dallas for the first time and had three points and two rebounds in 8 minutes.
The Mavericks: G Raymond Felton (sprained right ankle) missed his fourth straight game. ... Dallas' starting lineup returned after sitting out Saturday's game at Indiana. Only Parsons and Ellis played more than half of the game. ... The victory evened Dallas' preseason record at 3-3.
The Grizzlies return home to play Cleveland Wednesday.
The Mavericks will go to Shreveport, Lousiana., to meet New Orleans Thursday.