Balanced Grizzlies beat Hornets 96-85
Posted at: 03/09/2013 11:09 PM
By CLAY BAILEY
(AP) MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mike Conley scored 22 points, seven Memphis players finished in double figures and the Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a 96-85 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night.
Tony Allen had 14 points, while Tayshaun Prince and Quincy Pondexter scored 13 points apiece. Ed Davis had 12 points, nine rebounds and matched his career best with five blocks as Memphis won its 12th game in the last 13.
Jerryd Bayless and Marc Gasol scored 10 points apiece, although Gasol missed all four of his shots in the second half.
Anthony Davis led the Hornets with 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Ryan Anderson scored 17 points. Greivis Vasquez added 12 points and eight assists, and Eric Gordon had 11 points.
The Hornets lost their third straight and have dropped five of six.
The Hornets were playing their first game without rookie guard Austin Rivers, who broke a bone in his right hand in New Orleans’ loss on Wednesday to the Los Angeles Lakers.
As they have in recent games, the Grizzlies pulled away in the second half.
Memphis stretched its halftime lead to as many as 14 near the midway point of the third quarter. The Grizzlies built the lead on defense, as New Orleans connected on only five of its first 16 shots in the period and had three turnovers.
The Hornets were only 6 of 22 with four turnovers in the quarter.
Meanwhile, Allen was providing both an offensive and a defensive spark, scoring eight in the period. Memphis closed the third with an alley-oop to Bayless, then a 3-pointer from Conley.
That gave the Grizzlies a 78-60 lead entering the fourth, as Memphis outscored the Hornets 31-19.
The Hornets could not cut the deficit under double digits in the fourth quarter.
Memphis used 11 points from Conley and 10 each from Gasol and Pondexter to carry a 47-41 lead into halftime.
Davis led the Hornets with 10 points.
Both teams shot just under 50 percent for the first half.
The biggest downfall for the Hornets was six turnovers, leading to 11 Memphis points. Both teams were equally bad from outside the arc, each missing five of their six long-range shots.
NOTES: Memphis F Zach Randolph missed his fourth straight game with a left ankle sprain. F Darrell Arthur sat out his third game with neck and back soreness suffered at Orlando last Sunday. . Anderson, who entered the game second in the league with 174 made 3-pointers, didn’t hit one until just under 7 minutes were left in the game. He finished 1 for 5 from outside the arc. .Vasquez has led or tied for the team lead in assists in all 63 Hornets games this season. . Memphis has now held 53 of 61 opponents under 100 points. . Conley had three steals, increasing his consecutive games streak with a steal to 52 straight.
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