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Mavs beat Suns as Grizzlies' playoff picture clarifies

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The Dallas Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 101-98 as the NBA season winds down in a game that had major playoff implications for the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Mavs came back to win, getting 37 points from Monta Ellis and 23 points from Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas clinched their own playoff birth after missing the postseason in 2013, but can still be caught from behind by the Grizzlies.

After the game, the Mavs are one full game in front of the Grizzlies in the Western Conference standings. The Grizzlies are a half game ahead of the Phoenix Suns. The Grizzlies would lose a tiebreaker with the Mavs but win a tiebreaker with the Suns.

If the Grizzlies win their remaining games (at Lakers, at Suns, vs Mavs) they would capture the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies can also take the No. 8 seed by beating the Suns and winning one of their other remaining games. The Suns can only get into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.

The Grizzlies' playoff push continues Sunday (April 13) in Los Angeles against the Lakers at 8:30 pm (CST).

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