Randolph, Bayless help Grizzles top Jazz

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm •  Published: December 23, 2013
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Zach Randolph has been one of the few constants for a Memphis Grizzlies team that's been rocked by a steady string of injuries to key players.

And the big man was at it again on Monday night, scoring 22 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and even dishing a season-high seven assists in the Grizzlies' 104-94 victory over the Utah Jazz.

"We go as our leader goes," Memphis guard Tony Allen said. "He carried us today."

But he also had plenty of help from a bench that scored 51 points. Jerryd Bayless scored all 17 of his points in the second half while Mike Miller added 15 and Jon Leuer 11. The Jazz were so worried about Randolph's ability down low that they strayed from the Grizzlies' 3-point shooters.

That proved to be a costly mistake. Memphis shot 11 of 20 (55 percent) from 3-point range, using timely shots to brush back all of Utah's rallies. Bayless, Miller and Leuer were a combined 8 of 10 from long range.

"I'm impressed," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "We just kept coming harder for longer stretches of time. We kept the turnovers down, which gives us some shots. We got some offensive rebounds. I think our mistakes are glaring at this point. The reason that they are glaring is because there are fewer and fewer of them."

Memphis (12-15) has won two in the row after losing a season-high five straight. Bayless hit two 3-pointers in a row, one at the end of the third quarter and the other at the beginning of the fourth, to help the Grizzlies push out to an 80-71 lead.

Utah (8-23) was led by Trey Burke and Richard Jefferson, who each scored 18 points. Gordon Hayward added 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Derrick Favors also scored 16.

Utah made several runs to keep the game close, but never led after late in the first quarter, when the Grizzlies went on an 11-0 to turn a 21-18 deficit into a 29-21 advantage.

"I thought the effort was there. We're trying," Utah coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We had some lulls in there, but the guys are fighting, and, as a result, we had chances in the ballgame. We just couldn't get over the hump."

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