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Memphis Grizzlies oust Dallas Mavericks in overtime

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The hard part was done for these two teams, fighting it out to the final hurdle to secure a play-off place. But there was still more to play for going into this encounter as it was still undecided who would finish seventh, or eighth in the Western Conference.

However, the Memphis Grizzlies stood strong and came away with a win in overtime with the game finishing 106-105 at the FedEx Forum.

David Joerger's men came into this tight fixture on the back of four straight wins while Dallas Mavericks had won their last match against the Phoenix Suns after a defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.

The first quarter gave the fans a reminder of what these two teams were playing for as Memphis took the lead at 29-24; Courtney Lee scored seven while Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph added six each.
For Dallas, the German Dirk Nowitzki kept the visitors in the game scoring eight points in nine minutes as well as beating Randolph to score a two pointer.

In the second, Dallas issued a response and put the Grizzlies on the back foot with a 29-22 win; Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris scored 12 points between each other, with Harris grabbing five assists in seven minutes for the Mavericks.

At half-time it is was looking tasty heading into the third, as Rick Carlisle's men were leading Memphis 53-51 with forward Nowitzki hitting 14 points.

After the interval, the home crowd got behind their team and this helped the Grizzlies roar into life and win the third 24-20; forward Randolph and point guard Mike Conley both recorded eight points for the home team, while Gasol grabbed two assists.

This turned the game on its head going into the fourth with Memphis holding a two point  lead at 75-73.

But after thinking this game couldn't become more entertaining, Dallas brought it back and won the fourth 20-18; The German Wunderkid Nowitzki putting nine points on the blackboard whilst playing the full quarter, while Monta Elis scored seven of his own.

The game was in overtime, and considering Ellis scored seven for the visitors, it was Conley who delivered the goods in the final seconds to win 13-12; scoring five points and scoring two free-throws in the final seconds of the match.

After their satisfactory win, Joerger spoke to ESPN after the game and said that it was a win the players needed to become better athletes.

"Getting 50 wins is something you want on your resume as a player, and people remember those. Those are special seasons. It's a standard, a golden standard I think."

The victory lifted Memphis up to seventh, while Dallas dropped down to eighth and now Dallas have to take on the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis now face Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rick Carlisle's side haven't beaten the Spurs in their last four encounters this season, while Memphis have beaten Thunder once in their last four meetings in the current campaign.

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