Grizzlies overcome slow start to defeat Cavaliers

CLAY BAILEY Associated Press Published:

Grizzlies overcome slow start to defeat Cavaliers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 19 points each and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a lethargic performance to escape with an 84-78 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

Rudy Gay scored 15 points, and Quincy Pondexter had 10 points, including 2 of 3 from outside the arc as Memphis won its second straight and maintained its position with the best record in the NBA.

Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters scored 15 each to lead Cleveland, Varejao grabbing 22 rebounds, including eight offensive boards.

Daniel Gibson scored 11 for the Cavs, who lost their third straight and ninth in the last 10.

The Cavaliers still held the lead with 8:28 left, but Memphis closed the game on a 13-4 run, part of the Grizzlies outscoring Cleveland 22-9.

Memphis was playing without point guard Mike Conley, who missed the game because of flu-like symptoms.

-- Associated Press

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