Redskins

Marion leads Mavs in 104-83 win over Grizzlies

201301122214800916955-p2.jpeg

Marion leads Mavs in 104-83 win over Grizzlies

DALLAS (AP) Shawn Marion scored a season-high 20 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and the Dallas Mavericks won consecutive games for the first time in a month with a 104-83 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

All five starters scored in double figures for Dallas, with Chris Kaman scoring eight straight points in the third quarter and finishing with 14. O.J. Mayo had 11 and Darren Collison 10.

The Grizzlies were ragged a night after a big overtime win against Southwest Division-leading San Antonio. Memphis shot 38 percent and Rudy Gay was the only starter in double figures. He led the Grizzlies with 12.

Nowitzki had another solid night after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said earlier he wasn't trading his star forward despite the team's struggles. Dallas hadn't won consecutive games since winning three straight from Dec. 6-10.

Marion had 12 points in the first half and Nowitzki added 11 while the Mavericks built a 15-point lead behind 53-percent shooting, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Marion was 2 of 2 from long distance. Marion and Nowitzki combined to make 14 of 21 shots.

Darren Collison put the Mavericks ahead for good with a first-quarter layup that started a 17-4 run for a 30-18 lead with 9:40 left in the second quarter. The Mavericks, who have lost eight games by 20 points and fell 10 games under .500 for the first time in 13 years, led by double digits the rest of the game and had their first 30-point lead of the season.

Nowitzki's second 3-pointer early in the second half was followed by Kaman's streak of eight straight points, capped by a reverse layup that put Dallas ahead 65-45 with 8:12 left in the third. Elton Brand hit the bucket that put Dallas up 30 late in the third and finished with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

The Grizzlies came in with the second-best scoring defense in the league at 89 points per game, and the Mavericks surpassed that with the first basket of the fourth quarter.

With Dallas leading by 26 to start the fourth quarter, Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were all on the bench in the worst loss of the season for Memphis. The Grizzlies were beaten by 25 at Houston.

Randolph, who entered the game leading the NBA with 24 double-doubles, had just six points and four rebounds.

NOTES: Memphis coach Lionel Hollins reiterated comments from a day earlier that he'd like to keep the Grizzlies together with Gay's name consistently turning up in trade rumors. The trade deadline is Feb. 21. Hollins says the Grizzlies are ``legitimate contenders.'' ``That's usually when you're trying to get there, you win a lot of games but you don't do well against the contenders. You might win one or two. But we've been able to compete with every last one of them,'' Hollins said. Memphis beat division-leading San Antonio in overtime on Friday. ... The Mavericks snapped an NBA record-tying 10-game losing streak in overtime games with Friday's 117-112 win at Sacramento. ... The Grizzlies entered Saturday night's game with an NBA-best streak of forcing at least 10 turnovers in 138 straight games.

Quick Links

Bettors everywhere are cursing the Redskins after final play

Bettors everywhere are cursing the Redskins after final play

With the Redskins trying to pull of a last-second miracle while trailing the Eagles 31-27, it seemed likely that the game would end with Washington losing. While it was a hard-fought game with plenty of positives, a loss was still going to be a loss for the team.

But, the loss wasn't going to be a loss for everybody, specifically those who had bet on the Redskins. Washington was favored anywhere from +5.5 to +7 on Sunday, meaning those who took them only needed them to lose by less than that amount to come out correct. When only a few seconds remained and the Redskins trailing by just four, that seemed like a lock, right?

Wrong.

In what may go down as one of the worst bad beats in recent memory, the final play of the game resulted in a strip-sack of Haskins and was returned for a touchdown. In the blink of an eye, it went from 31-27 to 37-27. That score meant nothing to the result on the field, but meant everything for those who took the Redskins.

Just like that, the cover was gone. It was one of those moments that felt like it was happening in slow motion. One of those "scream at your TV trying to make it stop" moments. For anyone who was rooting for the Redskins and maybe bet on them, the final minute of Sunday's game was pure torture.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS:

Landers Nolley II propels Virginia Tech past Gardner-Webb

virginia_tech_usat.jpg
USA Today Sports Images

Landers Nolley II propels Virginia Tech past Gardner-Webb

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Landers Nolley II scored 18 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 73-46 victory over Gardner-Webb on Sunday.

Nolley hit 6 of 14 from the field for the Hokies (8-3), who extended their home nonconference winning streak to 31 games. Nolley, who had just one 3-pointer in the previous two games, snapped out of his slump, connecting on five 3-pointers against the Runnin' Bulldogs.

The Hokies, who never trailed, shot 48% (12 of 25) in the first half in building a 34-24 halftime advantage and then exploded to start the second half. Virginia Tech opened the final 20 minutes with a 16-4 run, pushing a 10-point lead to 50-28 after Nolley's long jumper from the top of the key with 12:09 remaining.

Nolley also hit two 3-pointers in that span, while Gardner-Webb made just 1 of its first 12 shots to start the second half.

Jaheam Cornwall led the Runnin' Bulldogs (3-8) with 14 points. Gardner-Webb shot just 29.1% (16 of 55) in losing its third straight game.

TIP-INS

Gardner-Webb: The Runnin' Bulldogs were picked to finish second in the Big South's preseason poll, but they'll need better play from Jose Perez, a preseason All-Big South first-team choice who was averaging 13.2 points per game. Perez, though, scored just 12 points against the Hokies, making only 4 of 15, and his frustration boiled over midway through the second half when he received a flagrant one foul.

Virginia Tech: Nolley's 3-point barrage sparked a 3-point resurgence for the Hokies, who nailed 13 after hitting just 11 combined in the previous two games. Their 13 3-pointers tied for their third-most in a game this season. With only three players bigger than 6-foot-6 on the roster, the Hokies have to make 3-pointers to enjoy any success.

UP NEXT

Gardner-Webb: The Bulldogs play at home Thursday against Bob Jones.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies play host to VMI on Saturday.

MORE NCAA NEWS: