Grizzlies pull away in second half, beat Bobcats
- Article by: CLAY BAILEY
- Associated Press
- March 8, 2014 - 9:45 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 20 points, Zach Randolph added 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies turned up their offense in the second half to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 111-89 on Saturday night.
Marc Gasol added 14 points and nine rebounds, while Kosta Koufos had 11 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 10 boards.
Al Jefferson scored 17 for Charlotte, shooting just 7 of 17 from the field. Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 15 points, his fourth straight game in double figures, but Kemba Walker had just 11 — all in the first half — on 3-of-13 shooting. Charlotte shot 40 percent for the game.
Memphis broke the game open after halftime outscoring Charlotte 59-45 in the final two quarters.
Memphis, which has won four of its last five, dominated the interior as it often does, outscoring Charlotte 60-46 in the paint and winning the rebound battle 51-40.
Charlotte as one of the top five defensive teams in the league, allowing 97.2 points per game. The Bobcats had held opponents under 100 points in 40 of the first 62 games.
Memphis outscored Charlotte 27-17 in the third quarter as the Grizzlies connected on 11 of 21 shots. Meanwhile, Charlotte's shooting struggles continued as the Bobcats hit only 8 of 25 in the period.
Memphis took a 79-61 lead at the end of the third and extended it to as many as 26 as Koustos consistently got to the rim early in the fourth.
Both teams then sent in the reserves to finish it out.
Memphis carried a 52-44 lead into halftime behind 11 points from Conley and 10 from Randolph.
Charlotte had a seven-point lead in the first quarter, while Memphis led by 11 in the second quarter.
Memphis controlled Jefferson, who entered the game averaging 31-plus points in his last four games, in the first half. He had eight points at the break on 3-of-9 shooting.
That was part of the Bobcats hitting 37 percent in the half compared to 49 percent for Memphis.
NOTES: Memphis entered the game having a different leading scorer in the last seven games. The streak ended with Conley scoring 20. Earlier this season, the Grizzlies went eight straight with a different high scorer. . Jefferson's 17 points ended his streak of four straight games scoring at least 25 points. . Charlotte had lost the last three games in Memphis by a combined 74 points. . Memphis reserve G/F Mike Miller left the floor in the second quarter after twisting his ankle, but returned in the second half.
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