Raptors beat undermanned Grizzlies
TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Terrence Ross had 14 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies 96-92 on Wednesday night.
Kyle Lowry scored 18 and Lou Williams had 13 as the Eastern Conference leaders won for the seventh time in eight games.
Marc Gasol had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Grizzlies (10-2), who came in with the NBA's best record but had their four-game winning streak stopped.
Mike Conley scored 19 points and Tayshaun Prince added 15 for Memphis, which had just 10 active players.
Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee and forward Tony Allen were among five players ruled out because of illness. Memphis center Kosta Koufos, forward Jon Leuer and guard Beno Udrih were also unavailable.
All five players spent time at a Toronto hospital Wednesday, suffering from dehydration. They stayed back at the hotel before the game to remain away from their teammates, and were sent home on a special charter flight while the game was going on.
Prince and Quincy Pondexter started in place of Allen and Lee.
Toronto trailed by six to begin the fourth quarter, but a three-point play by Ross gave the Raptors a 77-76 edge at the 8:18 mark.
Gasol made a jumper and then a pair of free throws to restore Memphis' lead, but Ross answered with a 3, putting Toronto up 83-82.
Conley hit a jumper, then he and Prince both made a pair from the line to give the Grizzlies an 88-83 edge with 4:34 left. Another 3 by Ross and a driving layup by Lowry tied it at 90 with 2:49 remaining.
Gasol missed a pair of free throws with 1:53 to play, and Lowry answered with a tiebreaking layup. At the other end, Conley was called for an offensive foul, the 13th turnover of the game for the Grizzlies.
DeRozan and Randolph both missed shots before Lowry sealed it with a fadeaway jumper with 8 seconds to go.
Conley missed the final shot of the game for Memphis, which went 4 of 14 in the fourth.
Greivis Vasquez banked in a buzzer-beating 3 at the end of the first, and Toronto led 22-20 after one. Randolph had six points and five rebounds in the second to help Memphis take a 48-42 lead at halftime.
Gasol scored eight points in the third, Conley had seven and Randolph added six for the Grizzlies, who took a 75-69 lead into the fourth.