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NBA: Streaking Grizzlies take bite out of RaptorsTORONTO: The Memphis Grizzlies, playing against Rudy Gay for the first time since trading their top scorer to Toronto, scored an 88-82 victory over the Raptors yesterday.
The Grizzlies (35-18) limited Gay to 13 points, one of his lowest outings since joining Toronto last month, en route to a fifth straight victory that strengthens their bid for homecourt advantage in the playoffs.
“It was a battle by both teams and eventually it became a game down to the wire,” Memphis head coach Lionel Hollins told reporters.
“We made a lot of plays, got stops, got big rebounds, made plays at the offensive end and also made just enough free throws.”
Zach Randolph had a team-high 17 points for the Grizzlies, who tightened their grip on fourth place in the NBA’s Western Conference and improved on the franchise’s best start to a season through 53 games.
Memphis took a nine-point lead into the final quarter and then had to withstand a fourth-quarter rally by the Raptors (22-33) that was not enough to give the home side their first six-game winning streak since 2009.
Alan Anderson came off the Toronto bench to score a game-high 19 points. reuters