Randolph leads Grizzlies past Raptors 88-82
- Article by: IAN HARRISON
- Associated Press
- February 20, 2013 - 9:00 PM
TORONTO - Zach Randolph had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 17 points and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fifth straight game Wednesday, beating the Toronto Raptors 88-82.
Toronto's Rudy Gay came up short against his former team as the Raptors had their five-game winning streak ended.
Acquired from Memphis in a three-team trade on Jan. 30, Gay had 13 points and nine rebounds but struggled with his shooting, making just five of 15 attempts. He also had a game-high five turnovers.
Tony Allen scored 12 points and Tayshaun Prince had 11 as the Grizzlies won for the eighth time in nine meetings with the Raptors and posted their fourth straight win in Toronto.
Alan Anderson scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors erased a nine-point deficit to tie the game, but couldn't take the lead.
Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 12 for the Raptors.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Anderson brought Toronto within four at 70-66 with 9:26 left, and he hit another at 8:02 to make it 73-71.
Memphis responded with consecutive layups by Darrell Arthur and Quincy Pondexter, putting them up 77-71, but Anderson hit another 3 and was fouled by Randolph, converting the four-point play to make it 77-75 with 6:33 left.
No one scored again until 4:09, when Johnson tied it at 77-all on a driving layup.
Just over a minute later, Randolph restored the lead by making a pair of free throws. Conley stole the ball from Gay on the next possession and Randolph was fouled again, making one of two to put Memphis up 80-77 with 2:25 left.
After a missed shot by Gay, Conley made a 3 to increase the lead to six at 83-77.
Lowry gave the Raptors hope by cutting it to 85-82 on a four-point play with 20 seconds left, but Prince rebounded a missed free throw by Conley and Allen sealed it by making a pair at the line.
The Grizzlies missed their first eight field goal attempts of the game, but it was Toronto who struggled most with its shooting in the opening quarter, making just four of 20 shots. Gay missed all four of his attempts in the first against his former team as Memphis led 19-14 after one.
Randolph had six points in the second and Jerryd Bayless and Prince added five each as Memphis took a 43-32 lead after two. The half ended with a frustrated DeMar DeRozan hurling the ball skyward, only to have it get stuck inside the scoreboard hanging over center court.
Johnson had 10 points in the third, including an emphatic dunk over Randolph, and Gay added seven for the Raptors, but Conley scored six points for the Grizzlies and Memphis had a 66-57 lead into the final quarter.
NOTES: Both teams are 6-3 since the Jan. 30 trade. ... Toronto matched a season-low for first-quarter points. The Raptors also had 14 in a Feb. 13 win at New York. ... Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he would like to add a third point guard before Thursday's trade deadline.
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