Conley, Randolph lead Grizzlies past Rockets 99-81
- Article by: CLAY BAILEY
- Associated Press
- January 25, 2014 - 10:00 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 17 points and Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets for the second consecutive night, 99-81 on Saturday.
The Grizzlies won 88-87 in Houston on Friday, then took control of the rematch. Memphis held the Rockets to 38 percent shooting and built the lead to as many as 27 points before both teams sent in reserves to finish the game.
Courtney Lee also had 15 points and Kosta Koufos scored 14, hitting seven of his eight shots from the field. James Johnson added 12 points for Memphis and Nick Calathes had a season-high 11.
James Harden led the Rockets with 16 points, and Chandler Parsons scored 11. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 12 rebounds, but Houston's three-game road winning streak was snapped.
Memphis' bench outscored the Rockets' reserves 44-27. The Grizzlies also had a 56-32 advantage in the paint and a 52-38 edge on the boards.
The Grizzlies, as they did Friday, controlled the pace of the game, holding Houston to its second-lowest scoring output this season.
Memphis extended its 11-point halftime lead by outscoring the Rockets 25-19 in the third quarter as Lee had nine points in the period. Harden scored 10 for the Rockets, limited to five field goals out of 21 shots. Three of those baskets were by Harden.
From there, Memphis stretched the lead to 27 midway through the fourth, and Rockets coach Kevin McHale began sending in his backups.
Memphis grabbed the game's first double-digit lead when Mike Miller tipped in a miss with 3.5 seconds left in the first half to give the Grizzlies a 46-35 lead at the break.
Neither team had a player in double figures at halftime. Parsons scored nine points in the first half, but unlike Friday night's game in Houston, he was 1 for 4 from outside the arc. Howard had eight points and six rebounds.
Parsons, who connected on 10 shots from 3-point range Friday, finished 1 of 6 from long range, part of the Rockets going 9 of 32 from 3-point territory.
NOTES: Since moving to Memphis, the only other time the Grizzlies played a home-and-home set on back-to-back nights was in 2006 against the Dallas Mavericks. . Randolph played his 300th game for the Grizzlies and posted his 189th double-double, tying Pau Gasol's total with the team. ... The Rockets were held under 90 points for the sixth time this season. . Houston's season low was 80 points on Jan. 10 at Atlanta.
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