EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Rudy Gay scored 29 points and the
Memphis Grizzlies added another exclamation point to a frustrating
season for New Jersey, rallying from an 18-point first-half deficit
to defeat the Nets 104-94 on Sunday night.
O.J. Mayo scored 10 of his 24 points in a 17-point run that
bridged the third and fourth quarters and put the Grizzlies ahead
for good, adding to the woes of the Nets (5-51).
Zach Randolph added 18 points and 10 rebounds and Marc Gasol
tallied 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Memphis, which
won for only the third time in 11 games.
Brook Lopez had 26 points to lead the Nets, but only four came
in the second half. Devin Harris added 16 points and 13 assists,
but the point guard was only 1 of 6 in the final two quarters.
Yi Jianlian had 15 points for New Jersey, which could not
capitalize on its biggest quarter of the season, a 36-point
outburst in the first 12 minutes.
New Jersey appeared in total control for the opening 13 minutes,
riding a career-best 17-point first quarter by Lopez to a 36-20
The margin grew to 38-20 in the opening minute of the second
quarter when Josh Boone scored on a rebound, but things turned
after that, much like they did in the season-opener when New Jersey
blew a 19-point third-quarter lead.
The Grizzlies, who rallied from an 18-point deficit before
losing to Miami in double overtime on Friday, rallied behind Gay
and Mayo in the second quarter to chip the deficit to 58-47 at the
Gay scored six straight points in an early third quarter run
that got the lead down to seven, but the big run came late in the
quarter and at the start of the fourth.
Memphis scored the final 12 points in the third quarter to take
a 78-74 lead with Mayo scoring a three-point play early and a
breakaway late. Randolph had tied the game at 74-all with a
Mayo provided the Grizzlies' final push hitting a jumper and a
3-pointer in the opening minute to push the Memphis lead to 83-74.
The Nets got close twice. A follow by Terrence Williams cut the
advantage to 85-82, but former Net Marcus Williams converted a
three-point play to ignite a seven-point run.
New Jersey got within 94-90 on a fastbreak by Courtney Lee with
3:56 left but Randolph tipped in a shot, Gasol made two free throws
and Gay iced the game with a monster jam.
NOTES: Grizzlies F Sam Young crashed into the media table in the
second quarter, sending a cup of ice coffee flying. ... It was
Chinese Cultural Night at the game and Yi addressed the crowd in
Chinese before the game. ...Nets F Jarvis Hayes strained his left
calf in the third quarter and did not return.