Randolph leads Grizzlies to 108-90 win over Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies did their damage down low.
Randolph had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Memphis shot 53 percent from the floor in a 108-90 victory over the undersized Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
"We felt that our big guys were a lot bigger than their frontcourt," Grizzlies guard Mike Conley said. "We wanted to try to bang them inside and get low to get position and get easy buckets and head to the free throw line."
Rudy Gay added 17 points and Marreese Speights contributed 16 off the bench to help Memphis win its third straight after a season-opening loss. Marc Gasol had 14 points and nine rebounds.
"Gasol is so smart, once he gets to the top of the key, he's able to make passes and shoot the jumper," Bucks guard Brandon Jennings said. "If he doesn't have anything, he's just moving it. And Randolph down there is just a beast."
Milwaukee, which was looking to start 3-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season, shot just 38.5 percent from the field. Jennings led the Bucks with 19 points, but he was only 6 of 20 from the field. Monta Ellis added 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting.
"We were definitely outmatched tonight," Mike Dunleavy said.
The Grizzlies withstood a third-quarter rally and pulled away in the fourth.
"We moved the ball, we got everybody involved," Gasol said. "We played basketball."
Memphis went on a 13-4 run at the start of the third quarter to widen its lead to 69-47, but the Bucks used a 21-6 spurt to cut the lead to seven with about a minute left in the period. During the run, Speights was whistled for a flagrant foul on Jennings, who hit both free throws. Larry Sanders' basket capped the rally. The Grizzlies hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close out the quarter and increase the lead to 13.
"We played really well," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "We shot the ball well, we shot 3s well and they did not shoot the ball well."
After missing his first three shots from the field, Jennings, the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week, nailed a 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 15-13 lead. A short time later, he made another 3 to put the Bucks back up 20-19.