Grizzlies knock off the Jazz
MEMPHIS – Mike Conley had 19 points and nine assists, and Marc Gasol scored 17 points to help lead the Memphis Grizzlies to an 88-79 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.
Zach Randolph finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds as Memphis won its second straight.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 22 points, and George Hill added 15 points. Trey Lyles finished with 11 points, including five in the fourth quarter. Rudy Gobert grabbed 13 rebounds, part of the Jazz outrebounding Memphis 44-37.
The game between two of the NBA’s top three defensive teams was a low-scoring affair from the start. The Grizzlies would push the lead to as many as 17 in the second half, allowing Memphis to hang on for the win despite a late 3-point barrage from Utah, which has lost three of its last four.
Utah, which managed only 35 points in the first half came out of the locker room after intermission with more vigor and a tighter defense than it showed early. And the recipe helped the Jazz pull back within 51-49.
But Memphis closed the third quarter with a 12-2 push, including consecutive 3-pointers from Troy Daniels and Vince Carter in the final 5 seconds of the frame for the Grizzlies biggest lead at that point 63-51 heading to the fourth.
After Rodney Hood collected a 3-pointer for the first score of the final stanza, Memphis scored nine straight points stretching the lead to 17 points.
That was enough to hold on albeit barely enough as the Jazz connected on five 3-pointers in the fourth, eventually getting to 82-77 with 1:10 left.
But Gasol was fouled by Gobert attempting a 3-pointer as the shot clock ran down. Gasol converted all three free throws for an 85-77 lead with 25 seconds left.