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Memphis Grizzlies Eke Out 8th Straight Home Win against the Utah Jazz

The Grizzlies got a win against a woeful Jazz team, and have now won 8 straight at home.

This was the Grizzlies' second wire-to-wire victory on the season (the other being against the Blazers in Portland).

First Quarter

The Grizzlies starters came out sharp, led by Mike Conley and Zach Randolph with 18 combined points in the opening quarter. Zach tallied 7 of his 11 rebounds in the period, beating in Utah's soft-serve front court like a bean bag chair. The Jazz made it a respectable 30-19 at the end of one thanks to a banked three by Trey Burke, but everyone not named Trey Burke shot 3-12 in the quarter.

Second Quarter

The lead quickly ballooned to 37-21 as Joerger went to the bench -- Jon Leuer got an early call with Calathes, Miller, and Koufos -- but he was keen not to let the lead shrink, bringing back Gasol and Randolph when Utah got within single digits. The Grizz steadied the pace and maintained the lead with a heavy dose of interior play, and an 8-2 run in the final two minutes of the quarter made it at 48-32 halftime lead.

Third Quarter

The Jazz made a game of it after halftime, hitting seven straight buckets to cut the lead to 4 halfway through the third quarter. The Grizzlies offense went dry, and Gordon Hayward, who started 1-9, found a rhythm by pushing the ball inside. Joerger pulled out his Tony Allen trump card to great success, and he, Randolph, and Gasol (with Calathes and Miller) finished out the quarter strong to take an 11-point lead into the final period.

Fourth Quarter

The Grizzlies got sloppy again in the fourth quarter, and Utah capitalized on a handful of turnovers to tie the game at 84. After a time out, the Grizzlies' starters took the floor at the 5:00 mark and ran off six straight points in the next 90 seconds, forcing a Utah time out. Memphis held a tentative 92-86 lead in the final 1:20, but a tough Z-Bo bucket, a pair of Mike Conley free throws, and solid defense down the stretch sealed the 96-86 victory.

Player(s) of the Game

Zach Randolph (21 pts, 11 rebs) and Marc gasol (20 and 10) led the Grizz statistically in this one. Credit should also go to Tony Allen for holding the Grizzlies together when Utah got feisty.