Randolph, Bayless help Grizzles top Jazz
- Article by: DAVID BRANDT
- Associated Press
- December 23, 2013 - 9:35 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jerryd Bayless added all of his 17 points in the second half and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz 104-94 on Monday night.
Memphis (12-15) has won two in the row after losing a season-high five straight. Bayless hit two 3-pointers in a row, one at the end of the third quarter and the other at the beginning of the fourth, to help the Grizzlies push out to an 80-71 lead.
The Grizzlies' bench had a big game. Bayless was 4 of 5 from 3-point range while Mike Miller scored 15 and Jon Leuer added 11. Memphis shot 11 of 20 (55 percent) from 3-point range.
Utah (8-23) was led by Trey Burke and Richard Jefferson, who each scored 18 points. Gordon Hayward added 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Derrick Favors also scored 16.
Utah made several runs to keep the game close, but never led after late in the first quarter, when the Grizzlies went on an 11-0 to turn a 21-18 deficit into a 29-21 advantage.
The Grizzlies pushed out to a 41-29 lead by midway through the second quarter, but nearly lost it before recovering for a 53-48 halftime lead. Randolph led all scorers with 12 first-half points while Burke had 11 for the Jazz.
James Johnson — a 6-foot-9 forward who the Grizzlies signed last week from the D-League — once again received extensive playing time. He started his second straight game and played 33 minutes, contributing nine points, five rebounds, four blocks and a constant stream of energy.
He swatted Hayward's 3-point attempt into the seats just before the end of the first quarter and jammed Richard Jefferson's layup attempt back in his face in the third quarter. Both blocks received huge cheers from the bench.
The Grizzlies need all the energy they can get these days while trying to weather a steady stream of injuries. Tayshaun Prince sat out a third straight game because of a sore left knee.
Randolph added a season-high seven assists, which was one short of his career high.
NOTES: Memphis F Jon Leuer made 1 of 2 3-point attempts, which actually dropped his season mark to 14 of 26 (53.8 percent). Leuer has scored in double figures in eight of his last nine games ... Tony Allen was called a technical foul in the third quarter after shoving Utah's John Lucas III. ... The Grizzlies improved to 6-10 at FedExForum. ... The Jazz have traveled 4,684 miles on a five-game road trip in the span of eight days.
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