The well-rested Mavericks, healthier than at any point this season, had little trouble in a 105-91 victory over their Southwest Division foes Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.
DALLAS forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points in only 27 minutes, as coach Rick Carlisle had the luxury of going deep into his bench. Ten Mavericks logged at least 13 minutes and no one played more than 32.
"We're trying to find the open guy," Calderon said. "We are unselfish and everyone is looking to make the right play, no matter who it is. If there's a guy open, we try to pass that ball out."
Memphis, without three starters and playing on the second night of a back-to-back, struggled to find much offensive rhythm in losing its fifth straight. The Grizzlies (10-15) have dropped both games to DALLAS this season and are 0-7 against division opponents.
The Grizzlies found themselves playing catchup all night.
Memphis guard Tony Allen scored 16 and tied a career high with 11 rebounds. A pair of reserves -- forward Ed Davis and guard Nick Calathes -- scored in double figures. Guard Jerryd Bayless, starting in place of Mike Conley, was 3 of 13 from the floor and scored just seven points.
The Grizzlies, down 13 at halftime, did make a run in the third quarter to pull within four points (66-62) on forward Mike Miller's 3-pointer. The Mavericks responded and were back up 12 going into the fourth.
"The staple for this team the last five years has been defense," Miller said. "We have to go back to that. Sometimes it's tough, but people talk about offense and it's defense that dictates the offense."
NOTES: Memphis G Mike Conley (left thigh contusion) missed his second straight game. The Grizzlies also were without F Tayshaun Prince (knee), C Marc Gasol and F Quincy Pondexter. ... Nowitzki and Carlisle were back after missing one game due to illness. Nowitzki scored 20, his 10th game with at least 20 in the last 14 games. ... DALLAS G Devin Harris (toe) likely won't return until January. He had hoped to return this month. ... The Grizzlies have played the league's third-toughest schedule going into Wednesday, according to ESPN Stats and Info. Memphis opponents thus far had a .534 winning percentage.