76ers 120, Grizzlies 101

The Philadelphia 76ers relied on one of the best 3-point

shooting nights in franchise history to finally snap their six-game

losing skid.

Marreese Speights scored 22 points, and Philadelphia matched a

franchise record with 14 3-pointers in its 120-101 victory over the

Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

“They couldn’t miss and defensively, we couldn’t force them

into playing our game,” Memphis forward Rudy Gay said. “They got

what they wanted tonight.”

Jason Kapono and Andre Iguodala each had 15 points, with Kapono

going 5 of 7 from long range. Jodie Meeks had 14 points, and Willie

Green added 12. Philadelphia was 14 of 26 from 3-point range and

shot 57 percent overall. The Sixers also made 14 3-pointers twice

previously, including this season at Oklahoma City.

“Any time a shooter gets a couple of shots to go down, it seems

like he can’t miss,” Meeks said. “If you knock a couple down, you

want the ball again.”

Mike Conley led Memphis with 23 points, and Zach Randolph had 19

points and 10 rebounds. Rudy Gay and Darrell Arthur added 14 points

each for Memphis, 1-4 in its last five.

Philadelphia built its lead in the third quarter, outscoring

Memphis 35-20, then maintained the advantage through the fourth.

The game got out of hand enough that Memphis coach Lionel Hollins

took his starters out with more than 2 minutes left, giving the

fans a chance to cheer for them one more time in the Grizzlies’

home finale.

Hollins already had seen enough surprises on the night. The

Sixers are not known as a particularly good shooting team from

outside the arc, hitting just under 34 percent for the season.

“They’re (25th) in the league in 3-point shooting,” Hollins

said. “When a team comes out and starts raining 3s, it’s pretty

tough.”

Philadelphia ended up shooting 62 percent from the field in the

second half, including making half of its 12 from outside the

arc.

“They had a good rhythm, a good flow,” Sixers coach Eddie

Jordan said. “We were going after the ball. We always say: ‘If you

work hard, you have fun.”’

With both teams out of the playoffs, it was a matter of

finishing out the season, and, at times, the defensive intensity

was lacking. Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first

half.

Philadelphia erased Memphis’ halftime lead by outhustling the

Grizzlies, building the advantage to as many as 13 in the third.

The Sixers’ third-quarter rally helped Philadelphia carry an 86-78

lead into the fourth period.

“They closed out the half really well,” Meeks said of Memphis’

run. “At halftime, we just decided to come out aggressive and

looking to score.”

NOTES: The Grizzlies ended the season with an 8-2 record against

the Atlantic Division. Their only other loss was 110-105 to Boston

on Dec. 14. … The loss dropped Memphis to 13-2 at home against

teams with a losing record. … Philadelphia has two players with

ties to Memphis. Carney played at the University of Memphis.

Thaddeus Young is from Memphis. Young did not play because of

injury. The Sixers announced Wednesday that the forward would be

shut down for the rest of the year with a fractured right thumb.

… Memphis G O.J. Mayo left the game midway through the first

quarter because of a mild left ankle sprain. He returned later in

the quarter, but was hobbling, before finally leaving for good.

He’s listed as day-to-day.