Allen scores 18 as Heat top Grizzlies 91-86
- Associated Press
- March 21, 2014 - 9:45 PM
MIAMI — Ray Allen scored 18 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 91-86 comeback victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
Miami rallied from an 84-77 deficit with 4:08 remaining and scored 11 unanswered points. Allen's 3-pointer with 3:27 remaining began the comeback and Dwyane Wade's jumper with 1:32 remaining tied at 84. Wade's two free throws with 1:04 left gave the Heat their first lead since early in the third quarter.
After Mike Miller missed a 3-point attempt with 51 seconds remaining for the Grizzles, LeBron James' jumper with 24 seconds left capped the Heat's late rally for an 88-84 advantage.
James finished with 15 points, and Wade and Mario Chalmers scored 14 points each for the Heat.
Zach Randolph scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds for Grizzles. Marc Gasol finished with 14 points but left because of an ankle injury midway through the third quarter and didn't return.
Chalmers scored eight points during a 16-4 run that closed the third quarter and helped Miami erase a 12-point gap. Chris Andersen's tip-in at the buzzer ended the surge and tied it at 68.
The Grizzlies opened the second half on an 11-2 spurt behind two baskets each from Gasol and Randolph. But Gasol injured his left ankle after colliding with Chris Bosh's left foot. Gasol left for the dressing room with 6:20 remaining and didn't return.
Mike Conley's three-point play with 5:13 left in the third period gave the Grizzlies their first double-digit lead at 62-52.
Miami rallied from two nine-point deficits early in the second quarter and finished the period on a 14-7 spurt. James' jumper with 37 seconds remaining gave the Heat a 45-43 lead at halftime.
Miller's first basket against his former teammates was a 3-pointer that increased the Grizzlies' lead to 29-20 with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter.
Randolph scored five points and helped the Grizzlies outscore the Heat 13-6 in the final 5:34 to take a 22-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
NOTES: James didn't reach double-digits in scoring until his jumper 1:03 into the fourth quarter. ... Randolph had his 398th career double-double. ... Tennis star Roger Federer, in Miami for the Sony Open, attended the game and hit several tennis balls into the stands during a timeout.
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