Setting it up: Scary moment near the half when Dirk twisted an ankle -- word is he's okay, just sore -- but really, no need for fear. Dallas ownedMemphis in just about every way possible; outscoring the Grizzlies 31-19 in the third, beating them on the boards 49-40, only turning the ball over 10 times.
Major props to DeShawn Stevenson, who started in place of Caron Butler and stamped out 11 points . . .
"DeShawn's a real pro. He's just playing real solid basketball . . . He's giving us solid defense and is making open shots. It's been a big plus, having him in the last couple of games." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"It's something that I guess we didn't foresee coming in the season, but now it's definitely an option that we have to have. His defense, his toughness, and his shot-making ability opens everything up." -Jason Terry
Regarding Shawn Marion's move into the starting lineup . . .
"My teammates got me involved and we were out there feeding off of each other and just doing what we've got to do to get a win. We have a very talented team. Everybody is capable of going out there and having a big night.'' -Shawn Marion
About the Grizzlies' lack of fortitude in the third quarter . . .
"I was trying to stop the leak. They were making layup after layup. I tried to change up the energy and see if some other guys could bring it. Some guys brought some things, but we didn't have enough consistency. We only had 12 turnovers, but it was at a time in which we didn't need to have any. It just got out of sync and the guys just couldn't focus and get their poise back together.'' -Coach Lionel Hollins
Regarding the Chandler/Haywood center team, who combined for 17 points, 16 rebounds and a couple of blocks . . .
"Active bigs-- working in the paint, grabbing the rebounds, controlling the offensive and defensive boards, and they're running the floor hard . . . but tonight they came to play, they took care of what they had to, and we fed off of it." -Jason Terry
The KIDDIRK Minute Watch -- 25:44 for Kidd, 29:51 for Dirk . . .
"Fortunately we didn't have to go back to (Dirk) the last eight minutes and I think that was a blessing. Same thing with J-Kidd-- help those guys' minutes." -Coach Rick Carlisle
About Nowitzki, who returned in the second half with his ankle taped up . . .
"This guy is so tough it's not even-- I mean it's ridiculous. Not many guys would come back in and try to play . . . it really helped us because his presence on the floor changes the geometry of the game even if he's not touching the ball." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"Dirk was amazing. He wasn't even 60 percent, but he was out there giving it everything he had." -JJ Barea
"When Dirty went down I knew he'd get back up." -Jason Terry
And a word from the man himself -- who really needs lessons in reassurance . . .
"I don't have anything left in there, so it doesn't even swell up when it happens." -Dirk Nowitzki