Grizzlies win with defense again, beat Hawks 79-76
- Article by: CHARLES ODUM
- Associated Press
- February 8, 2014 - 9:05 PM
ATLANTA — Zach Randolph scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies continued their pattern of winning on the road with strong defense, shutting down the Atlanta Hawks 79-76 Saturday night.
The Hawks were held to a combined 25 points in the second and third periods and set a season scoring low after leading 29-27 following the first period.
Paul Millsap had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost three straight. The Grizzlies ended a two-game skid.
Atlanta's Lou Williams missed a 3-pointer with about 1 second remaining.
Memphis has held eight straight road opponents to no more than 90 points. The Grizzlies, one game under .500 at home, are 14-8 on the road.
Courtney Lee scored 14 points and Nick Calathes had 10 for Memphis.
Millsap was scoreless in the second half before his back-to-back baskets cut Memphis' lead to 77-72 with 1:58 remaining. He added a 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining to get Atlanta within three points.
A miss by Marc Gasol gave Atlanta the chance for a tying final basket. As the Hawks passed the ball around the perimeter, coach Mike Budenholzer called for a timeout before Williams missed the 3-pointer.
Atlanta led 52-50 before Memphis closed the third period with an 11-2 run, including 3-pointers by Lee, Gasol and Mike Miller for a 61-54 lead.
Playing against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2009, DeMarre Carroll scored nine of Atlanta's first 17 points as the Hawks were sharp in the opening period. A 3-pointer by Millsap pushed Atlanta's lead to double figures for the first time at 22-12, and baskets by Elton Brand and Williams extended the advantage to 14 points.
Memphis scored the next 10 points as part of a 15-3 run to close the period. Back-to-back baskets by James Johnson gave Memphis its only lead of the half at 31-29. The Grizzlies lost the momentum as the Hawks led 43-37 at halftime.
Kyle Korver extended his NBA record to 118 consecutive games with a 3-pointer when he sank a jumper beyond the arc less than 3 minutes into the game.
NOTES: The Hawks set their previous season low for points in their 105-79 loss to San Antonio on Jan. 24. ... Memphis made only 5 of 23 shots (21.7 percent) in the second period. ... Grizzlies G Tony Allen (sprained left wrist) missed his 17th straight game and won't return before the All-Star break. ... Coach Dave Joerger said PG Mike Conley, held out with a sprained right ankle, is "progressing well." ... Carroll had 13 points.
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