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Carrie Anderson

Grizzlies Lose 5th Straight Game

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Deron Williams scored 27 points and Ronnie

Brewer added 21, leading the Utah Jazz to a 101-91 victory over the

Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

The Jazz won their seventh straight against the reeling

Grizzlies, who have lost five in a row and 13 of 15. The victory

snapped a five-game road skid for Utah, which was outscored 64-45

in the second half of a 114-93 loss at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Grizzlies forward Darius Miles, who signed a 10-day contract

Saturday, made his 10th appearance of the season Friday, placing

the remaining $18 million of his salary back on Portland's payroll.

The Trail Blazers sent out an e-mail earlier this month warning of

possible legal action against any team signing the free agent, but

the Grizzlies signed Miles.

He finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes.

Utah led 26-21 at the end of the first quarter and never trailed

the rest of the game. But Memphis trimmed a 20-point deficit in the

third quarter to five, 96-91, late in the fourth.

Williams, though, prevented a comeback.

With 1:23 left, Williams made a pull-up 3-pointer for a 99-91

advantage and Memphis misfired on its final three shots of the


Rookie guard O.J. Mayo led the Grizzlies with 23 points and

Hakim Warrick and Mike Conley came off the bench to score 15

apiece. Marc Gasol added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Memphis forward Rudy Gay, averaging 18.8 points per game,

continued his recent slump. He was held to five points and has

scored only 15 points in the past two games.

The Grizzlies led 5-2 at the start, a rarity during their

five-game losing streak. Memphis had not held a lead of more than

one point during the previous four games.

But Utah went on a 13-0 run to build a 19-9 lead. Williams had

seven points during the run. The Grizzlies got no closer than five

points in the first half.

Gay, held to 10 points in a loss to Cleveland Tuesday, had just

four points in the first two quarters. Mayo, held to a season-low

six points against Cleveland, had 11 points before halftime.

Notes: The Grizzlies fell to 3-17 against teams with winning

records. ... After scoring a career-high 25 points in Tuesday's

loss to Cleveland, Memphis point guard Kyle Lowry was limited to

four points in 18 minutes against Utah.

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