The Hot Corner | Mavs Fall Under .500


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Three of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex’s pro teams were in action on Monday, and one made a significant move on Tuesday.

Here is what happened on the court, on the field, and behind the scenes.


Dallas Mavericks (34-35, second Southwest Division, eighth Western Conference)

Last Game: Memphis Grizzlies 104, Mavericks 88

The Mavericks lost their second consecutive game to the Grizzlies, falling under .500 for the first time since mid-December.

Dallas led by one at halftime, but Memphis regained momentum with a 12-0 run to begin the third quarter. Memphis led by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter as Dallas struggled with their shooting.

Noteworthy: Ja Morant missed the game for Memphis. He is serving a suspension and entered a counseling program in Florida earlier on March 13.

The Mavericks were without Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Before the game, head coach Jason Kidd told reporters that both players are day-to-day.

Dallas and Memphis have played twice in three days and will play again next Monday.

The Mavericks still sit in eighth place in the Western Conference, half a game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Next Up: Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (17-50), 7:30 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 15.



Dallas Stars (37-17-13, first Central Division, second Western Conference)

Last Game: Stars 5, Seattle Kraken 2

Dallas took a quick 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Evgenii Dadonov and Jamie Benn. Things continued to roll from there.

Joe Pavelski and Wyatt Johnston got in on the act with goals in the second. Jason Robertson added his team-leading 39th goal of the season to give Dallas a three-goal lead in the third period.

Noteworthy: Dallas is just a point behind Vegas for first place in the Western Conference and leads Minnesota by three points in the Central Division with 15 games remaining.

The Stars are now 2-1 on their current road trip and will play three more games in Canada before returning home to play Seattle on March 21.

Next Up: Stars at Vancouver Canucks (28-32-5), 9 p.m. CT Tuesday, March 14.



Texas Rangers (7-11, 12th in Cactus League)

Last Game: Arizona Diamondbacks 11, Rangers 8

The Diamondbacks scored four runs in the first inning and continued to pile on the offense throughout the game.

Texas got within a run on a Yoshi Tsutsugo home run in the seventh, but Arizona answered with four more in the eighth.

Noteworthy: While the team was playing the Diamondbacks, free agent additions Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob deGrom faced minor league hitters from the Kansas City Royals organization in Surprise. DeGrom threw 24 pitches over two innings, struck out five, and gave up an inside-the-park home run.

The Rangers optioned infielder Jonathan Ornelas to AAA Round Rock, leaving 50 players remaining on the spring training roster.

Texas is now 2-6 in its last eight spring training games and lost both matchups to Arizona this spring.

Next Up: Kansas City Royals (14-2) at Rangers, 3:15 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 15.



Dallas Cowboys

Noteworthy: The Cowboys are in the offseason, but ESPN reports the team did re-sign safety Donovan Wilson to a three-year deal on March 14. Wilson led the team in tackles in 2022 and has become a crucial player in the secondary.

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