Streaking Grizzlies take bite out of Raptors

Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:17pm EST
 
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By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Memphis Grizzlies, playing against Rudy Gay for the first time since trading their top scorer to Toronto, scored an 88-82 victory over the Raptors on Wednesday.

The Grizzlies (35-18) limited Gay to 13 points, one of his lowest outings since joining Toronto last month, en route to a fifth straight victory that strengthens their bid for homecourt advantage in the playoffs.

"It was a battle by both teams and eventually it became a game down to the wire," Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins told reporters.

"We made a lot of plays, got stops, got big rebounds, made plays at the offensive end and also made just enough free throws."

Zach Randolph had a team-high 17 points for the Grizzlies, who tightened their grip on fourth place in the NBA's Western Conference and improved on the franchise's best start to a season through 53 games.

Memphis took a nine-point lead into the final quarter and then had to withstand a fourth-quarter rally by the Raptors (22-33) that was not enough to give the home side their first six-game winning streak since 2009.

Alan Anderson came off the Toronto bench to score a game-high 19 points, including four three-pointers during the final quarter as the Raptors tied the game with about four minutes left in regulation.

But the Grizzlies prevailed in the end, due in large part to their ability to shut down Gay, who entered the game averaging 21.1 points a game since joining the Raptors.   Continued...

 
Toronto Raptors Alan Anderson (R) is fouled by Memphis Grizzlies Tony Allen (front L) as Grizzlies Mike Conley looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto, February 20, 2013. REUTERS/Aaron Harris