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Final Score: Grizzlies Bring The Big Guns, Clobber the Pelicans 110-74

Fighting for playoff position, the Memphis Grizzlies crushed the New Orleans Pelicans, the 36-point margin the largest of the year. In a year that's gotten increasingly tense, Memphis made this one really, really fun.

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On a night that felt more must-win-y than just about any other, the Memphis Grizzlies hammered the New Orleans Pelicans 110-74 at FedExForum.

With the Western Conference standings closing in on the Grizzlies like the trash compactor in Star Wars, Zach Randolph (15/13/6) and Co. (six players scored between 10 and 15 points) used the Force on the Pelicans, as Memphis retained their hold on the three seed in the West.

The 36-point win marked the Grizzlies' largest victory margin of the season, and a 40-point edge late in the fourth quarter was the second-largest lead in franchise history. So yes: BANGO, indeed.

Memphis gave broadcaster Pete Pranica plenty of opportunities to say his signature phrase (and donate money to St. Jude -- the play-by-play man pledged $50 for each three the Grizz hit tonight), with the previously-clanky Grizzlies hitting 8-17 from deep in the win. Courtney Lee, Vince Carter, and Mike Conley each hit a couple.

Randolph played hard-to-get with a triple-double, notching that 15/13/6 line against an imposing Pelicans front line, as he went straight at standout Anthony Davis from the tip. Marc Gasol (15/8/6) was similarly aggressive, and played masterful defense on the Brow, who scored just 12 points and notched 5 rebounds. Jeff Green tallied 15, including another highlight dunk; Beno Udrih was especially Beno-y, and scored 14 on 5/8 shooting. Vince Carter was frisky and scored 10, and Kosta Koufos nearly double-doubled himself, accruing 9 points and 11 boards.

There were literally twenty-five different things that happened in this game that thrilled the hearts of Grizzlies fans --this after about six weeks of maddeningly inconsistent play, and games that were more endured than enjoyed. The Grizzlies gave their fans one of the most fun nights of the year tonight -- we can only hope more fun awaits.

Check back tomorrow for a full recap of the action!