Mavericks 92, Grizzlies 87
DALLAS (AP) _ Michael Finley scored 29 points and Dennis Scott added 28 Tuesday night as the Dallas Mavericks celebrated their home opener with a 92-87 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies and extended their winning streak to three games.
Their 3-0 start was the second best in franchise history, topped only by a 4-0 streak to open the 1995 season.
Dallas trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but Finley and Scott proved to be a combination the Grizzlies couldn’t stop.
Scott hit three 3-point shots in the second half and Finley made one from outside the 3-point striple.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim led Vancouver with 28 points, but he failed to score in the fourth quarter as the Mavs stopped him with a hustling double-teaming defense.
Otis Thorple added 16 for the Grizzlies and Bryant Reeves had 14.
Shawn Bradley had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for Dallas.
The Grizzlies’ home opener was spoiled 90-88 by the Mavericks on Oct. 31.
Finley scored 13 points in the third quarter for the Mavericks, including a bucket in the final minute to tie the game at 74.
Abdur-Rahim scored 20 points in the first half as the Grizzlies took 54-50 lead.
Scott helped rally Dallas from a 14-point deficit at 47-33, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the second quarter to keep the Mavericks within striking distance.
NOTES: Dallas is the second youngest team in the NBA behind only Boston with an average age of 25.4 years. ... Vancouver’s all-time record in Texas road games is 3-13. It is 0-4 against Houston, 2-2 against San Antonio and 1-4 against Dallas.