CLEVELAND, OH (WMC) - The Grizzlies pulled off perhaps their most impressive win of the season, beating the Cavaliers 106-103 with just eight players.
Tony Allen returned to the lineup on fire, exploding for a season-high 26 points and five steals.
The Grizzlies were amazingly without 4/5 of their starting lineup, with Chris Andersen, Zach Randolph, Matt Barnes and Mike Conley all sitting due to nagging injuries or for rest. That comes in addition to the absence of Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright, both out for extended periods of time.
Mario Chalmers grinded out a tough 41 minutes on the flood and did a bit of everything with 17 points, four rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
JaMychal Green turned in a workman performance of his own, playing 37 minutes and gritting his way to a hard-earned double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds (four offensive). Green was huge on both sides of the ball with four steals, six assists and two blocks.
Ryan Hollins saw a rare start with the thinned Grizz roster and played admirably.
You can add Lance Stephenson and Vince Carter to the list of players who did a bit of everything, both off the bench. Carter stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, four rebounds, an assist, two steals and two blocks. Stephenson added 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block.
The Grizzlies defense forced 25 Cavaliers turnovers to counter the offensive onslaught from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who combined for 55 points.
With the win, the Grizzlies knocked off the Eastern Conference leading Cavaliers, who are now 27-6 at home.
The Grizzlies, who now stand at 38-25, hope to trot out a healthier lineup when they take on the Celtics in their next contest Wednesday.