Grizzlies roughed up by Sixers 120-101

MEMPHIS (AP) — Marreese

Speights scored 22 points, Philadelphia matched a franchise record with

14 3-pointers and the 76ers snapped a six-game losing streak with a

120-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

Jason Kapono and Andre Iguodala each had 15 points, Jodie Meeks had 14,

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

and shot 57 percent overall.

Mike Conley

led Memphis with 23 points, and Zach Randolph had 19 points and 10

rebounds. Rudy Gay and Darrell Arthur added 14 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 so 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.

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.

Memphis built a 10-point lead early in the second period, but had

trouble maintaining the margin as Rodney Carney (11 points) came off

the bench for eight points, and Meeks added nine, primarily because the

Sixers were accurate from 3-point range. Philadelphia connected on

eight of its first 13 shots outside the arc.

But Memphis rallied, including a 40-footer at the horn by Conley, after

a steal at midcourt, to take a 58-51 lead at halftime.

Conley and Randolph had 11 points apiece for Memphis.

The Sixers scoring was so balanced that 10 players had points, but none

were in double figures until Elton Brand’s jumper with 8 minutes left

in the third gave him 10 points.

Philadelphia came out with more energy after halftime. Kapono led a

Sixers’ assault from outside the arc, and Memphis was mishandling the

ball, giving up fast-break opportunities.

Philadelphia erased Memphis’ halftime lead by outhustling the

Grizzlies, building its 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.


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.

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