Conley, Randolph lead Grizzlies past Rockets 99-81

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2014 at 11:34 pm •  Published: January 25, 2014
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For the second consecutive night, the Memphis Grizzlies slowed down Houston and walked away with a win.

Mike Conley scored 17 points, Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and the Grizzlies nearly held the Rockets to their lowest output of the season in a 99-81 victory Saturday.

"We tried to slow them down," Randolph said. "They like to get up and down the court. They like to run and gun. We just tried to get back and play and get stops."

The formula was similar to Friday, when the Grizzlies won 88-87 in Houston, but this time Memphis took control early. The Grizzlies held the Rockets to 37 percent shooting and built the lead to as many as 27 points before both teams sent in reserves to finish the game.

Courtney Lee also had 15 points and Kosta Koufos scored 14, hitting seven of his eight shots from the field. James Johnson added 12 points for Memphis and Nick Calathes had a season-high 11.

James Harden led the Rockets with 16 points, and Chandler Parsons scored 11. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 12 rebounds, but Houston's three-game road winning streak was snapped.

"The last two games we've been terrible offensively," Parsons said. "Their pace works for them. They make you play a half-court offense. They are physical. They grab. They reach. They hold. When you do that so much, they are not going to call every single foul."

Memphis' bench outscored the Rockets' reserves 44-27. The Grizzlies also had a 56-32 advantage in the paint and a 52-38 edge on the boards.

The Grizzlies, as they did Friday, controlled the pace of the game, holding Houston to its second-lowest scoring output this season. Houston's season low was 80 points on Jan. 10 at Atlanta.

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said before the game that Houston needed a score in the 100s to overcome Memphis' deliberate, grind-it-out pace. That game plan went awry when the Rockets, who entered averaging 105.5 points, managed only 14 in the first quarter.



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