MIAMI (AP) - Rudy Gay scored a career-high 41 points, Marc Gasol
made all seven of his shots on the way to a 16-point, 15-rebound
effort, and the Memphis Grizzlies enjoyed a rare road blowout by
beating Miami Heat 118-90 on Sunday night.
Gay made 15 of 28 shots, topping his previous career best by
five points, and became just the fourth player since January 2007
to score at least 40 against Miami in a regular-season game. Jamal
Crawford (40) did so on Dec. 1, 2008, while LeBron James (42) and
Ben Gordon (43) each accomplished the feat last March.
Memphis also got 16 points from O.J. Mayo and 13 from Zach
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami, 6-7 at home and losers
in six of its last eight overall.
It was just the 20th win in 95 road games for Memphis dating to
the start of the 2007-08 season. Of those, only one was by more
than 20 points, a 118-95 cakewalk past the Los Angeles Clippers
back March 4.
This one, was never in doubt.
Memphis had won only three times away from home all season, by a
total of 17 points. The 28-point win Sunday was the largest for the
Grizzlies since a 109-80 win over Minnesota on Dec. 1, 2007.
Gay got rolling quickly, shooting 5 of 9 from the floor in the
first 12 minutes on a combination of everything from reverse
lay-ups in transition to fallaway jumpers. And as the game went on,
he scored at will - swinging on the rim after dunks and drawing
some Heat ire for it, taking half-court alley-oop lobs and even
connecting on three 3-pointers in the third, when Memphis blew the
game wide open.
The Grizzlies built a 15-point lead in the first quarter, took a
62-49 lead into the half and outscored Miami by 13 in the third to
take a 93-67 lead into the final 12 minutes.
If the Heat had a white flag, it would have been waved.
Miami opened the fourth quarter by sending James Jones, Carlos
Arroyo, Joel Anthony, Daequan Cook and Udonis Haslem onto the
court. Only Haslem had logged more than 6 minutes during the
opening three quarters.
Miami has allowed opponents to score at least 100 points in six
straight games for the first time since Dec. 17-27, 2004. Back
then, it wasn't a problem - that Heat team somehow went 6-0 during
This Heat team has gone 2-4, falling to 11-11 on the season and
already 5½ games behind Orlando in the Southeast Division. And it
doesn't get any easier for Miami over the rest of this six-game
homestand, with Toronto, Orlando, Portland and Utah set to visit in
the coming days.
From the opening tap, Memphis seized control. Perhaps the best
testament of the Grizzlies' aggressiveness came from the fact that
Memphis shot 17 free throws in the first 11 minutes, while the Heat
hadn't shot a single one.
"It's 16-zip, John," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra pleaded at one
point with official John Goble, to no avail.
The Heat led only twice, at 2-0 and 4-2 after Wade posted up
Mayo and scored with ease on Miami's first two possessions. After
that, absolutely nothing worked for Miami, which got outrebounded
Gasol had his ninth double-double of the season wrapped up by
halftime, getting 12 points and 11 rebounds before the break.
NOTES: The Heat are 9-1 when leading at halftime, 2-10 when not.
... Memphis' 17 free-throw attempts in the opening quarter were the
most against Miami in any period this season. ... Midway through
the third quarter, the Heat had a total of 18 rebounds. Gasol
already had 15. ... Gasol had his ninth double-double of the season
wrapped up by halftime, getting 12 points and 11 rebounds before