Grizzlies 107 - Heat 102
(Insert ESPN cliche for Miami losing)
In the first of their final five games en route to the playoffs, the Grizzlies came up huge against the Miami Heat, who have still not won in Memphis in the LeBron era. Zach Randolph finished with 25 points on 12-15 (!) shooting.
It was all offense in the first quarter, with both teams shooting in the 70% range from the floor. Miami went 6-7 from three-point land, but Zach Randolph was an unconscious 8-8 to start the game, including a dunk and a three-pointer (his second make of the year), and had 17 points after one. The Grizzlies closed out the quarter on a 15-9 run but trailed 32-31 going into the second.
Z-Bo has more field goals (8) in quarter than any Memphis Grizzlies player, ever. Mike Bibby did it in Vancouver.— Geoff Calkins (@geoff_calkins) April 10, 2014
Zach stayed in just long enough to make it 9-9 before the bench took over. Miami stayed hot from three and the Grizzlies cooled off, allowing the Heat to inch away, but Memphis closed out strong again on an 8-2 run to make it a four point game at halftime, 58-54.
The Grizzlies got away from Randolph's interior play in the third quarter and things got messy on the offensive end. LeBron James heated up in the quarter, hitting three threes (including an and-1) in quick succession, but the Grizzlies stayed within reach at 71-65. The defense locked down and Z-Bo and Courtney Lee continued to carry the offense, with Lee hit a running one-handed three at the end-of-quarter buzzer to tie the game at 78.
The Grizzlies quickly took the lead on the back of Tony Allen's defense and held it throughout the quarter. At the 3:30 mark, they got back-to-back steals (on either side of a time out) that resulted in back-to-back Calathes-to-Conley triples, pushing the lead to 103-93. A minute later, James lost the ball and Mario Chalmers committed a clear path foul on Conley's ensuing fast break -- and Mike hit both free throws.
"You think I have feelings right now? I don't." - Mike Conley Jr.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) April 10, 2014
Miami was unable to recover in the final minute and the Grizzlies took the victory, 107-102.
Tony Allen snapped out of his recent "funk" in a big way. He announced his presence in the first quarter with a beautiful steal-and-save and was the defensive catalyst in the third quarter. His cuts to the basket were sharp and well-timed, and he even missed an open layup in the closing seconds -- yep, he's back.