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Grizzlies rally at end to beat Pelicans 90-88

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm •  Published: March 12, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans' offense hit a cold streak at the worst time.

Mike Conley hit a driving layup against Austin Rivers with 1.5 seconds remaining to complete Memphis' 9-0 run over the final 3:22 and the Grizzlies escaped with a 90-88 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

Conley initially drove to his right, and then split the lane before pulling up just short of the goal for his game-winning basket..

The Pelicans were out of timeouts and Rivers missed a long desperation shot as time expired.

"It's very sweet," said Conley, who scored 16 points in leading the Grizzlies to their fourth consecutive win. "We knew who they had on the floor. They were going to switch the pick-and-roll. I ended up splitting it and having a lane."

The undermanned Pelicans, playing without guards Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon, missed five shots and committed one turnover during the final 3:22.

"It's tough," Rivers said. "We felt like we had the game won. We should have known better. They are a veteran team."

Anthony Morrow missed a 3-point attempt with 14.3 seconds remaining, setting up the Grizzlies for the winning shot.

"It felt great," Morrow said of his missed shot. "I was open, just a little bit off."

Marc Gasol added 15 points, and Zach Randolph and Tony Allen 13 each for Memphis.

Anthony Davis scored 29 points, including 22 in the first half, for the Pelicans, who had won their past three games. Rivers scored 14 points, Brian Roberts 12 and Morrow 10 for New Orleans.

Davis, who turned 21 Tuesday, added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

"The last few minutes we could not get anything," Davis said. "We couldn't run a play. We had a couple of bad shots, turned the ball over."

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