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Carrie Anderson

Grizzlies On A Roll

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies' youth movement is starting

to show results.

Memphis won its fourth straight game Sunday, beating the Miami

Heat 102-86. Rookie O.J. Mayo had 28 points, and Rudy Gay added 18.

"As long as we play together, open it up for each other making

an extra pass, a screen to get your teammate open, then I feel it

makes the game a lot easier for us," Mayo said.

Memphis' winning streak is its longest since the five games of

the 2005-06 season. Darko Milicic matched his season high with 13

points, and reserve Mike Conley had 12 for the Grizzlies, who at

times have started three rookies - Mayo, Marc Gasol and Darrell

Arthur. Eight of Memphis' 14 players are 23 or younger.

"After we've gotten a couple of wins and seen that playing team

basketball really gets you wins, guys are really working on it,"

Conley said. "Making sure that they're making the extra pass and

guys are getting open looks."

Memphis has scored at least 100 points in all four wins during

the run and has turned up the defensive pressure. On Sunday, the

Miami star Dwyane Wade was 5-of-16 from the field and the Heat shot

36 percent.

Wade finished with 17 points in his second straight subpar game

for the All-Star, who entered Sunday's game averaging an NBA-best

29.1 points. Wade was 9-of-24 in the Heat's loss to Atlanta on

Friday night.

Michael Beasley led Miami with 20 points, and Joel Anthony had

12 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the


"I'm still trying to find my mojo," Beasley said. "I'm trying

to get my (swagger) back. We have to get it right on both ends.

Defense is way harder than offense. You can knock a couple of shots

down, but you have to get right back on defense."

Memphis shot 65 percent in the third and closed the quarter with

a 12-2 run to take a 15-point lead at 81-66 lead. Mayo had a big

3-pointer as the shot clock ran out and Gay had a steal and a dunk

in the surge.

"The key to the game was getting a cushion and having a

breakout third quarter," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "That

gave us confidence. I thought we built on that confidence, and once

again held a team to 20 points in the fourth quarter."

Actually Memphis held the Heat to 20 points in both the third

and the fourth, outscoring Miami 35-20 in the pivotal third. Heat

coach Erik Spoelstra pointed to his team's lack of defense as the


"Everything started to go wrong in the third quarter,"

Spoelstra said. "We've absolutely gotten away from out identity

defensively. Everything right now is about what's going on

offensively. (The Grizzlies) just blew the doors off in the third

quarter. Thirty-five points, that's not us."

Miami was without forward Udonis Haslem, who missed the game due

to the death of his grandmother. Yakhouba Diawara started in

Haslem's place, and had six points.

Notes: Heat G Mario Chalmers, a rookie from Kansas, was booed in

the pregame introductions. Chalmers' 3-pointer in the closing

seconds of regulation sent April's national championship game

against the University of Memphis into overtime. The Jayhawks won

75-68. Chalmers had a four-point play early in the third quarter.

In the last two games, the top three draft picks have made it

through the FedExForum. Derrick Rose, the top pick, played Friday

night when the Chicago Bulls faced No. 3 pick Mayo and the

Grizzlies. Sunday, Beasley, the No. 2 pick, was in town. ...

Grizzlies F Darius Miles, signed Saturday, was on the active

roster, but not in the arena because he must serve a 10-game

suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy by testing

positive for a banned weight-loss stimulant. Grizzlies officials

said he must be shown as active for the first five games of the

suspension, then can appear as inactive until he is eligible to

play on Jan. 4. ... Beasley was back after missing Friday's game

against Atlanta with the flu. Miami G Daequan Cook also was

suffering from the flu, but played. ... Jamaal Magloire was ejected

with 3:11 left for head-butting Milicic as they fought for position

as the Grizzlies prepared to inbound the ball. The 35 third-quarter

points were the most by the Grizzlies in any period this season.

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