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Posted 28 January 2015 - 02:38 PM

DALLAS -- Who needs timeouts when you have Z-Bo.

Zach Randolph scored 22 points, including several high-arcing jumpers over defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler in the second half to answer Dallas scoring spurts, and Memphis handed the Mavericks their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 109-90 win Tuesday night.

"We only had to call one timeout to stop a run," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. "We executed, and you can't say enough about what Zach got going in the second half."

The Mavericks had trailed by as many as 16 points but were within nine late in the third quarter when Randolph had the ball on the right wing late in the shot clock.

Grizzlies led by double digits the rest of the way to win their fourth straight and eighth in their past nine games a night after finishing a season-long five-game homestand. The only loss in that stretch was to Dallas last week at home.

"That ball was dropping," said Randolph, who made seven straight shots in the second half and was 10 of 15 from the field. "My teammates kept coming to me and believing in me, and I just kept getting aggressive."

Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis scored 19 apiece to lead the Mavericks, who failed for the third time to get coach Rick Carlisle his 600th career victory in the first of four games in five nights -- the first three against playoff contenders.

"We've got to sustain effort during defensive possessions," said Carlisle, whose team fell 3 1/2 games behind Southwest Division-leading Memphis. "Right now it's a hard conference. It's a hard stretch of schedule."

Marc Gasol added 15 points and a game-high six assists for the Grizzlies, while Nick Calathes had season highs with 13 points and 27 minutes with guard Mike Conley sidelined a night after spraining his left wrist in a win over Orlando.

The Mavericks fell behind 54-44 at halftime thanks to 14 turnovers, including a steal in the backcourt and layup by Calathes right after he made two free throws to give the Grizzlies four points in the last 5 seconds of the first quarter.

The Grizzlies didn't trail again after Calathes hit a 3-pointer early in the second. Two minutes later, Jordan Adams scored all five of his points to start a 9-0 run that broke a 36-36 tie.