Randolph leads Grizzlies past Raptors 88-82

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 20, 2013 at 10:24 pm •  Published: February 20, 2013
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TORONTO (AP) — Rudy Gay's reunion with the Memphis Grizzlies was the kind of intense, high-energy basketball game more commonly played in late May, not late February.

Zach Randolph had 17 points and 18 rebounds, Mike Conley scored 17 points and the Grizzlies won their fifth straight game Wednesday, beating Gay and the Toronto Raptors 88-82.

"Exciting basketball game," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "There was a lot of emotion, there was a lot of intensity from both sides. It was really like a playoff game.

"It's a long season and there's a lot of games that are just hum-haw, but this here was a barn burner," Hollins added.

Much of that was due to the widely held desire to show who came out ahead in the Jan. 30, three-team trade that had the Grizzlies trade Gay to Toronto.

"There was a lot of emotion in this game," said Ed Davis, one of the two Raptors acquired in the deal. "A lot of people wanted this win on both sides."

In the end, Gay came up short as the Raptors had their five-game winning streak ended. Gay had 13 points and nine rebounds but struggled with his shooting, making just five of 15 attempts. He also had a game-high five turnovers.

"It's obviously a team I'm very familiar with and I know how scrappy they are," Gay said of the Grizzlies. "Tonight they were just a little scrappier than us."

Raptors coach Dwane Casey credited Memphis for keeping Gay in check with solid defense.

"They weren't going to let Rudy get going," Casey said. "They were double-teaming him on pick-and-rolls, sending help quickly. They made it tough on him. I felt for him because I knew he wanted to do well."

Conley said it was "weird" to face Gay as an opponent for the first time, but he found a way to enjoy it.

"We were talking trash back and forth to each other, just making the game fun," Conley said.

Tony Allen scored 12 points and Tayshaun Prince had 11 as the Grizzlies won for the eighth time in nine meetings with the Raptors and posted their fourth straight victory in Toronto.

Gay called Randolph "a monster on the boards," and Allen praised his All-Star teammate for his leadership.

"We'll go as far as he goes," Allen said. "I tell him that he's got to carry us and he knows that."

Alan Anderson scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Raptors erased a nine-point deficit to tie the game, but couldn't take the lead.



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