Dirk returns as Mavs dispatch free-falling Grizzlies - NBC Sports

Dirk returns as Mavs dispatch free-falling Grizzlies
A fan in the front row reaches up to grab Dallas Mavericks' Jae Crowder (9) who lands on the first two rows of seating while chasing a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
December 18, 2013, 11:15 pm

DALLAS (AP) Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points in his return to the lineup and the Dallas Mavericks defeated the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies 105-88 on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks (15-10) have won two straight to equal their season high of five games over .500. Memphis (10-15) has lost five in a row and seven of eight.

Nowitzki added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one blocked shot. He had four points during a 10-2 run after the Grizzlies cut a 16-point deficit to four in the third quarter.

While the Mavericks got their star forward back following a one-game absence due to a stomach virus, Memphis was without three injured starters.

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