Dallas’ (12-12) fourth-quarter rally snapped a three-game skid, while Memphis’ (14-11) season-best winning streak ends at five. Neither team led by double digits until the Mavericks pulled ahead late.
Brooks scored 15 points before being ejected late in the fourth quarter. He left to cheers from the home crowd.
During his postgame press conference, Brooks was critical of the game’s officiating. Forty-four total fouls were called on the night, along with six technical fouls. Memphis was called for four technical fouls over the final 5:40 of the game.
“As you saw in the game, we’ve been playing physical basketball for about a week now,” Brooks said. “And all of a sudden, new officials come in here and they call an inconsistent game. They want to call ticky-tack in the first half and then in the second half they want to call nothing. And then you got guys getting undercut, getting hit on the floor, no call. There’s a lack of protection of the players and that’s the main thing, I felt like this crew came out there and just made it about them and that’s bull.
“Obviously I can’t put it all on them. We got to get the 50/50 balls, you got to be able to rebound the basketball, you got to be able to hit shots in timely ways. But this crew did not protect the players. They just wanted to get the game over with and that’s (expletive). That’s (expletive) from the very beginning. That’s bull.”
Brooks’ comments will likely draw a fine from NBA in the coming days for criticizing the officiating.
Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies with 26 points. Ja Morant, who already was out with a left knee sprain, was placed in the league’s health and safety protocol Wednesday afternoon.
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