Led by 20 points from Dirk Nowitzki and something resembling a pulse from embattled center Samuel Dalembert, the Dallas Mavericks won convincingly tonight, 105-91. Their record now equals their previous season-best at five games over .500, and with the Toronto Tankjobs coming to town Friday, they have a good chance of setting a new season high there very soon.

The Memphis Grizzlies, on the second night of a back to back, looked tired and undermanned, clearly suffering from the absence of starters Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.

Dallas took a six point advantage in the first quarter, stretched the margin to 13 at halftime, and held a lead virtually the entire game. After the Grizzlies threatened to get back in the game with a 13-1 third quarter run to make the lead just four, Dallas responded with a run of their own, leading at one point by as much as 21 points, and eventually winning by 14.

Memphis shot under 40% from the field, and despite 22 offensive boards, simply couldn't muster enough offense to keep up with Dallas.

The Grizzlies appeared sluggish right from the start. They shot just 36% in the first half, and if one needed evidence of just how scoring-starved they were, Tony Allen led the team in shot attempts at halftime, going 5-13 from the field. Allen would end up leading the team with 16 points on 7-17 shooting when the final buzzer sounded. Zach Randolph was unable to pick up the slack, going just 2-8 in the first half, and Z-Bo finished 5-18 for 14 points on the night.

Dallas meanwhile, well-rested after a full three days off from Saturday's win, shot 53% in the first half tonight, and finished even better at a shade under 55% after 48 minutes. If not for a 22-11 offensive rebound deficit, and 54 points in the paint, the Grizzlies would have completely demolished.

To Memphis' credit, they did make a strong run in the third quarter. With Dirk Nowitzki on the bench, the Grizz used a 13-1 spurt to make the Dallas lead just four at 66-62. For a moment, it looked like Dallas might fall back into the all-too-familiar trap of giving away a late lead, something they did most recently against Golden State.

However, tonight Dallas had the answer, and it came in form of a big-man duo Dallas has not seen on the floor together too much lately. A Dirk jumper would stop the bleeding, making it 68-62, and some of the most energized basketball we've seen from Dalembert in weeks helped Dallas continue to rebuild the lead, making it 12 at the end of the third period.