SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Zach Randolph had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies used balanced scoring for a 100-90 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
The win extended the Grizzlies’ Western Conference-high winning streak to eight games.
Besides Randolph, three other starters scored in double figures — Marc Gasol with 23, Mike Conley with 17, and Jeff Green with 13.
The Grizzlies led by 16 in the first half and controlled the game, but the Jazz went on several runs to stave off a blowout. Still, they never led after the 7:30 mark of the first quarter.
Trey Burke led the Jazz with 21 points and is averaging 16.8 points in the last six games
Enes Kanter scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Gordon Hayward finished with 15 for the Jazz.
The Grizzlies led 58-51 at halftime thanks to a 56.1 field goal percentage, including 62.5 percent from 3-point range. Four starters scored at least eight points each and the bench chipped in with 16.
The Jazz kept falling far behind, down 16 at one point. But they closed the half with a 9-0 run highlighted by an Elijah Millsap buzzer-beating layup to cut the lead to seven.
Jazz: Forward Chris Johnson saw his first game action after being signed to a 10-day contract on Jan. 28. He finished with five points in nearly 17 minutes. … The Jazz are 5-7 on the second night of back-to-back games. … The Jazz were outscored 46-36 in the paint and lost the assists comparison 26-15. … The Jazz missed nine free throws to shoot 65.4 percent.
Grizzlies: Vince Carter did not play due to a left foot tendon injury suffered last Thursday. … Tony Allen played through hamstring and ankle issues. … Beno Udrih played despite a sore right calf. … Randolph hit a 60-foot bank shot at the first-quarter buzzer to give Memphis a 30-23 lead.
The Jazz are now four games into a tough five-game Western Conference stretch that included the Clippers, Warriors, Trail Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns. Their record is 1-3, but the losses to the Clippers and Blazers were by six points combined.
“I think we’ve been competitive, the scores would indicate that,” coach Quin Snyder said. “More than that I think we’re beginning to develop more of an identity. I think there is some maturity, and I think these type of games, even though they are difficult, help you grow.”
Jazz: At the Phoenix Suns on Friday
Grizzlies: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
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