Gay Hits 41/Grizzlies Burn Heat in Miami - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Gay Hits 41/Grizzlies Burn Heat in Miami

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

Randolph.

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

that stretch.

Now? Problem.

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

49-26.

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

the break.

 

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