Hayward's 17 lift Jazz over Grizzlies 90-84

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2013 at 1:09 am •  Published: March 17, 2013
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Williams, still trying to regain his form after missing 32 games with torn ligaments in his shooting hand, knew the Jazz had to match Memphis' intensity.

"They're as physical as they come," Williams said. "The only way to be in a game with them is be as physical."

With 16 games remaining for Utah, he said the Jazz finally have found their identity.

"We got to grit and grind," he said. "I can steal that from Memphis because we are a replica of them. They've been together long enough to play that way each and every night. Collectively we didn't know when we were going to find it, but that's who we are. We have to be physical. ... We can't pound the ball on offense then on defense be soft. We have to take a page out of Memphis' book and they're physical on both ends of the floor."

Memphis led 50-45 at the break, but the Jazz used a big third quarter to regain control.

The Jazz had been outscored 55-28 in the third quarter in a pair of losses this season to Memphis. They outscored the Grizzlies 24-9 in the third Saturday to take a 69-59 lead into the fourth.

Randy Foye's 3-pointer and a 10-foot bank shot by Williams gave the Jazz a 64-55 lead. Hayward pushed it to 66-55 with a jumper off the break and Williams sank a free throw for a 12-point Jazz lead with 1:59 left in the third after Hollins was called for a technical.

Despite opening the fourth on an 8-2 run, the Grizzlies couldn't get over the hump at the end.

"Down 10 (entering the fourth), that's tough to recover from," said guard Tony Allen.

So was Hayward's huge 3, his third of the game, a shot Hollins called a "dagger."

"It's tough, but we have another game on Monday where we will be able to bounce back," said Bayless, who hit 9-of-14 shots and 4-of-7 3-pointers. "We wish we could have won tonight, but at the same time it wasn't a bad road trip."

Notes: Longtime Jazz broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley attended Saturday's game. ... Memphis G Tony Wroten did not dress Saturday and returned to the team hotel because of migraines. .. Conley entered the game needing two steals to break his own franchise record for total steals in a season (144 in 2010-2011). He finished with one. ... Randolph added 19 points for Memphis and Conley 13 but shot just 6 of 18. Gasol was just 5 of 14 for 11 points. ... Memphis' nine third-quarter points and two field goals were a season low for a quarter.

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