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Allen scores 18 as Heat top Grizzlies 91-86

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm •  Published: March 21, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — Ray Allen continued his torrid pace and helped the Miami Heat avoid another home loss.

Allen scored 18 points as the Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzles 91-86 on Friday night and avoided losing at home for the third time in their last four games.

Allen is averaging 18 points per game in Miami's past five games.

"It's really just team oriented," Allen said. "When we play well, we move the ball around. There's no telling who's going to be the recipient. Whether it's offensively or defensively, somebody's got to make plays out there.

"On any given night, based on who we play, it could be anybody."

Miami rallied from an 84-77 deficit with 4:08 remaining and scored 11 unanswered points. Allen's 3-pointer with 3:27 remaining began the comeback and Dwyane Wade's jumper with 1:32 left tied it at 84. Wade's two free throws with 1:04 left gave the Heat their first lead since early in the third quarter.

"We had to make plays on both ends in the fourth quarter and manage the game with intensity and the right plays," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said.

After Mike Miller missed a 3-point attempt with 51 seconds remaining for the Grizzlies, LeBron James' jumper with 24 seconds left capped the Heat's late run for an 88-84 advantage.

James finished with 15 points, and Wade and Mario Chalmers scored 14 points each for the Heat. James also had seven assists and six rebounds.

"It was one of those grind-out, playoff-type games," said James, who sat out Miami's game at Boston on Wednesday because of back spasms. "No matter what happens, you just have to try to make plays to help you win. Myself, and D-Wade and the rest of the guys made plays down the stretch."

Zach Randolph scored 25 points and had 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Marc Gasol finished with 14 points, but left because of a sprained ankle midway through the third quarter and didn't return.

"We turned the basketball over way too much," Memphis coach David Joerger said of his team's six fourth-quarter turnovers. "They've got good players that made big plays."

Chalmers scored eight points during a 16-4 run that closed the third quarter and helped Miami erase a 12-point gap. Chris Andersen's tip-in at the buzzer ended the surge and tied it at 68.

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