Grizzlies Go 1 Game Over .500/Beat Jazz at FedExForum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Jarvis Greer

Grizzlies Go 1 Game Over .500/Beat Jazz at FedExForum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Zach Randolph had 29 points and 15

rebounds, O.J. Mayo hit a 21-foot step back jumper with 5.2 seconds

left, and the Memphis Grizzlies escaped with a 91-89 victory over

the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

Marc Gasol blocked C.J. Miles' shot on Utah's last possession,

snapping the Jazz's 11-game winning streak over the Grizzlies.

Rudy Gay finished with 22 points and Mayo had 14 for Memphis,

which won its fifth straight home game. It is the first time

Memphis has won five straight at home since the end of the 2005-06

season.

Mehmet Okur scored 16 points and Paul Millsap added 15 for the

. Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 12 rebounds before fouling

 

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out with 37 seconds left. Deron Williams missed his second straight

game with a sprained right wrist.

Utah erased a 19-point deficit and took an 87-86 lead on

Boozer's layup with 2:44 left. Mayo, Mike Conley and Gasol each hit

a free throw as Memphis reclaimed the lead before Ronnie Brewer's

rebound dunk tied it at 89 with 23 seconds left.

Memphis got out fast, shooting 60 percent in the opening quarter

to build a 33-14 lead, its biggest of the game. The Grizzlies

forced seven early turnovers and held Utah to 29 percent shooting,

and Randolph and Gay both had 14 points in the first half.

As well as they played in the first quarter, the Grizzlies

couldn't get much going in the second. They missed eight of their

first nine shots and committed three straight turnovers against

Utah's physical defense.

That allowed the Jazz to open the period with a 16-5 run,

cutting the Memphis advantage under double digits. Kyle Korver

sparked the rally with seven points in the quarter, hitting three

of his four shots.

The Grizzlies committed six turnovers in the second quarter and

17 for the game, and their lazy defense allowed the Jazz to pull

within 49-40 at intermission.

The Jazz defensive pressure continued to cause headaches for

Memphis, and Utah pulled within 67-64 late in the third. Okur had

12 points in the period for Utah, including a 3-pointer late in the

quarter to cut the Memphis lead to 71-67 entering the final period.

Despite its early success, Memphis ended the night shooting 43

percent, but the Jazz only made 40 percent.

NOTES: The Grizzlies claimed rookie guard Lester Hudson off

waivers Friday. Hudson, who played high school and community

college ball in Memphis, was waived by the Boston Celtics on

Wednesday. Hudson was a second-round pick of the Celtics. Utah's 14

points in the first quarter was a season-low for a Grizzlies'

opponent. Memphis had not defeated Utah since a 132-130 overtime

victory on Jan. 24, 2007. Gay was given a 3-point field goal with

3:40 left in the third period, but after officials reviewed the

play during the next time out, they changed it to a 2-point basket.

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