Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Live Score and Analysis

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2014

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 16: Marc Gasol
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In game that lived up to its billing as the playoffs before the playoffs, the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday at the FedExForum by a final score of 106-105.

The win secured a seven seed and a 50-win season for the Grizzlies. The loss for the Mavericks puts them at No. 8, one win shy of 50, and on the verge of a first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs.

Memphis got another huge game from Zach Randolph, who carried the Grizzlies Monday in a game in which they eliminated the Suns from the playoffs.

He scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while punishing any and all defenders the Mavericks threw at him.

Three other Grizzlies scored in double-figures, including 22 for Mike Conley and 19 for Marc Gasol.

The two big men dominated Dallas in the paint, as Memphis grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and won the overall battle on the boards 48-39.

For the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis did their best to carry the team, but ultimately couldn't overcome the mismatches inside.

Nowitzki finished with 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Ellis finished with 18, including two crucial jumpers at the end of the overtime period. He missed a good look at the buzzer that would've won the game.

Now, both teams look to the playoffs, where they will try to pull off the big first-round upsets. 

Dallas draws the top-seeded Spurs, while the Grizzlies will get the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.