Grizzlies beat Raptors 115-107 for first victory
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Zach Randolph scored 30 points Friday night to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to their first victory of the season, 115-107 over the Toronto Raptors.
Six Grizzlies finished in double figures. Marc Gasol added 19 points for Memphis, which lost by 22 to the Detroit Pistons in the season opener Wednesday night. O.J. Mayo had 18 points, and Rudy Gay finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Mike Conley had 10 points and 10 assists for Memphis.
Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 37 points and 12 rebounds. Jose Calderon scored 15 points and Hedo Turkoglu finished with 14. Andrea Bargnani had 12 points, all in the third quarter.
Memphis guard Allen Iverson missed his second game, still recovering from a partial right hamstring tear.
Memphis held a 100-98 lead with just under 3 minutes left before Mayo connected on a 3-pointer. Gasol followed with an offensive rebound at the 2-minute mark and drew Bargnani’s sixth foul.
Gasol’s two free throws were followed by Mayo’s steal near midcourt, leading to a breakaway dunk. That gave Memphis a 107-98 lead with 1:43 left. The Raptors got within 107-103, but Mayo’s 20-footer from the top of the key with 47 seconds remaining put the game out of reach.
Six unanswered points late in the half helped Memphis take a 53-49 lead at the break. Randolph already had 14 points.
Memphis started quickly, shooting better and showing more intensity on the defensive end than the season opener. But Bosh was 9 of 17 in the half for 25 points and added seven rebounds, putting Grizzlies in foul trouble and keeping the Raptors close.
Bargnani, who missed all five of his shots in the first half, scored all of his 12 points in the early stages of the third quarter. That helped the Raptors carry a 79-76 lead into the final period.
Memphis shot 51 percent for the game compared to 44 for Toronto.
Notes: Former Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni, who was fired midway through last season, is now a member of the Raptors’ coaching staff. Memphis holds a 15-13 lead in the series with the Raptors. The Raptors are one of only four NBA teams over whom the Grizzlies hold an edge in the all-time series. The others are the Charlotte Bobcats, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards. … After playing its first two games at home, Memphis hits the road for a five-game West Coast swing. Besides’ Iverson’s injury, second-year F Darrell Arthur is going to miss several months after surgery to repair his right pectoralis. The Grizzlies still are dealing with other nagging ailments to Conley, Mayo, Gay and F/G Sam Young. “We’ve got a lot of nicks and bruises,” coach Lionel Hollins said. “But you’ve still got to play. It’s the NBA, and if you’re not injured and it’s just pain, you’ve go to go out and play to the best of your ability.”