Grizzlies cruise to fifth straight win with victory in Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, NC-Mike Conley had 31 points, Marc Gasol flirted with a triple-double and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Charlotte Hornets 105-90 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

Conley had five 3-pointers and shot 11 of 21 from the field, including a long-range 3 with 4 minutes left that thwarted Charlotte’s fourth-quarter rally and sent the crowd streaming toward the exits. Gasol was dominant in the first half and finished with 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

The Grizzlies (9-5) controlled the tempo from the start, jumping out to a 16-4 lead. They pushed their advantage to 24 at halftime, shooting 58 percent from the field, including 10 of 16 from 3-point range.