Mavs send Grizzlies to 17th straight loss

The Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — If the Dallas Mavericks are tanking for a high draft pick, as owner Mark Cuban suggested in an interview that cost him $600,000, they’ve got some work to do to catch the Memphis Grizzlies.

And they lost more ground Saturday night.

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and the Mavericks beat Memphis 114-80, extending the Grizzlies’ losing streak to 17 games, the longest losing streak in the NBA this season.

The only longer losing streaks in franchise history were skids of 23 and 19 games in the expansion season of 1995-96 in Vancouver. It’s the longest losing streak in Memphis pro basketball history.

“It’s in our mind every game,” said Dillon Brooks, who led Memphis (18-48) with 17 points.

The Mavericks (21-45), also among the NBA’s worst teams, allowed their fewest points in any half this season while building a 56-30 halftime lead on the way to their largest margin of victory this season. Barnes had 14 points in the first half, 10 of them on 11 free throws.Speech

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