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Gasol scores 20 points, Grizzlies beat Cavaliers 95-87

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies took advantage when Cleveland missed its first 12 shots.

Then the Cavaliers came storming back, and Marc Gasol and his teammates had just enough to hold on for a wire-to-wire win.

Gasol had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Grizzlies beat the Cavaliers 95-87 on Wednesday night despite nearly blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead.

''They're a team that doesn't quit. They have a really good coach and some young talent over there,'' Memphis guard Mike Conley said of the Cavaliers and coach Larry Drew. ''We had to finish the game out.''

Kyle Anderson and Conley added 15 points each, with Conley handing out eight assists. Garrett Temple and Jaren Jackson Jr. had 11 points each.

Cleveland dropped its fourth straight. Jordan Clarkson led the Cavaliers with 24 points off the bench, and rookie Collin Sexton had 16 points and six assists. Cedi Osman had 10 points.

Memphis led from the first possession and built up the advantage during Cleveland's 0-for-12 shooting slump. The Grizzlies were up 78-62 about midway through the fourth quarter, but Cleveland rallied to get within 86-82 on a drive by Osman with 1:19 left.

''We were just playing hard, trying to cut the lead and win the game,'' Clarkson said of the burst, adding: ''I mean we were right there, making plays. It just didn't come out our way.''

After Memphis' timeout, Conley scored on an acrobatic layup and had a steal before he was fouled. When the Grizzlies point guard converted both free throws, the lead was back to 90-82, and the Grizzlies finished out their second straight win.

The late rally seemed contrary to a game that started so poorly for the Cavaliers, who had only one made free throw until the 4:26 mark of the first.

''It was the start of the game that really put us in a little bit of a hole,'' Drew said. ''The first six minutes, we just couldn't make a shot.''

Despite the poor start, the Cavaliers still were within striking distance before Conley's four straight points.

''That's a solid team,'' Anderson said of Cleveland. ''Their record doesn't do them justice. They're still a bunch of good guys that play together.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Cleveland's 32 first-half points were a season low for any half this season, one less than in Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bulls. ... G David Nwaba did not play because of a left ankle sprain from Sunday's loss. ... G Rodney Hood sat out his second game with left Achilles tendon soreness. ... Sexton has reached double-figures in 29 games.

Grizzlies: Memphis has played on the day after Christmas every year since 2005 but had lost the previous seven games on Dec. 26. ... Before Wednesday's win, the last wire-to-wire victory was March 17 of last season over Denver ... Conley was 6 of 16 from the floor, including missing all five of his 3-point shots. ... All five Memphis starters reached double figures, the fourth time in the last five games. ... Gasol had four blocks, part of Memphis recording 10 blocks in the game.

SLOW START

The Cavs had nine points in the first quarter, a season low for any period. Channing Frye hit a 3-pointer with 4:24 left in the first for Cleveland's first field goal. Seven turnovers only contributed to Cleveland's misery.

''Maybe it was Christmas, who knows,'' Clarkson said. ''Maybe everybody (ate) well on Christmas and came in a little slow.''

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Play at Miami on Friday.

Grizzlies: Host Boston on Saturday.

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Key Players
J. Clarkson
8 PG
M. Gasol
33 C
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
16.1 Pts. Per Game 16.1
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
8.6 Reb. Per Game 8.6
45.1 Field Goal % 44.0
45.1 Three Point % 43.8
85.1 Free Throw % 76.8
+ 1 Collin Sexton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Shooting foul on Marc Gasol 0:10
  Offensive rebound by Collin Sexton 0:10
+ 1 Shelvin Mack made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Cedi Osman 0:21
+ 3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Collin Sexton 0:23
+ 1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:26
+ 1 Marc Gasol made 1st of 2 free throws 0:26
  Personal foul on Larry Nance Jr. 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol 0:27
  Larry Nance Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:33
Team Stats
Points 87 95
Field Goals 33-93 (35.5%) 36-72 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 9-29 (31.0%) 5-22 (22.7%)
Free Throws 12-15 (80.0%) 18-24 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 66 39
Offensive 19 3
Defensive 34 31
Team 13 5
Assists 19 22
Steals 9 7
Blocks 1 10
Turnovers 16 12
Fouls 21 16
Technicals 1 0
24 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
20 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 8-27 923213487
home team logo Grizzlies 18-16 2124203095
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 8-27 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Grizzlies 18-16 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
J. Clarkson PG 16.8 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.4 APG 44.8 FG%
M. Gasol C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Clarkson PG 24 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
M. Gasol C 20 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
35.5 FG% 50.0
31.0 3PT FG% 22.7
80.0 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 16 5 6 6/15 0/2 4/4 3 30 1 0 2 2 3 -2 32
C. Osman 10 7 0 4/10 0/3 2/3 4 30 0 0 3 0 7 -10 14
A. Burks 7 5 2 2/9 2/3 1/2 1 28 1 1 1 0 5 -8 17
L. Nance Jr. 6 9 3 2/8 0/1 2/2 5 30 2 0 1 6 3 -10 22
A. Zizic 6 11 2 2/8 0/0 2/2 2 21 0 0 1 4 7 +1 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Sexton 16 5 6 6/15 0/2 4/4 3 30 1 0 2 2 3 -2 32
C. Osman 10 7 0 4/10 0/3 2/3 4 30 0 0 3 0 7 -10 14
A. Burks 7 5 2 2/9 2/3 1/2 1 28 1 1 1 0 5 -8 17
L. Nance Jr. 6 9 3 2/8 0/1 2/2 5 30 2 0 1 6 3 -10 22
A. Zizic 6 11 2 2/8 0/0 2/2 2 21 0 0 1 4 7 +1 20
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Clarkson 24 5 2 10/20 4/7 0/0 0 30 3 0 2 2 3 0 34
C. Frye 6 2 0 2/9 2/7 0/0 0 17 1 0 3 1 1 -4 6
J. Jones 5 3 0 2/4 0/2 1/2 3 13 1 0 0 1 2 -1 9
J. Blossomgame 5 4 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 2 18 0 0 0 3 1 0 11
M. Dellavedova 2 2 3 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 17 0 0 3 0 2 -6 7
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Love - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Nwaba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 53 19 33/93 9/29 12/15 21 234 9 1 16 19 34 -40 172
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Gasol 20 9 6 6/13 1/4 7/7 3 35 1 4 1 1 8 +10 45
M. Conley 15 2 8 6/16 0/5 3/3 1 33 2 0 2 0 2 +9 33
K. Anderson 15 3 3 5/6 1/1 4/5 2 35 3 2 0 0 3 +13 29
G. Temple 11 5 0 4/7 3/5 0/0 1 30 0 1 0 1 4 +9 17
J. Jackson Jr. 11 2 1 5/10 0/1 1/2 2 28 1 1 3 0 2 +7 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Gasol 20 9 6 6/13 1/4 7/7 3 35 1 4 1 1 8 +10 45
M. Conley 15 2 8 6/16 0/5 3/3 1 33 2 0 2 0 2 +9 33
K. Anderson 15 3 3 5/6 1/1 4/5 2 35 3 2 0 0 3 +13 29
G. Temple 11 5 0 4/7 3/5 0/0 1 30 0 1 0 1 4 +9 17
J. Jackson Jr. 11 2 1 5/10 0/1 1/2 2 28 1 1 3 0 2 +7 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Mack 6 1 2 2/3 0/1 2/2 2 18 0 0 0 0 1 +1 11
J. Green 6 4 0 3/7 0/3 0/0 0 21 0 2 1 0 4 +2 11
J. Noah 5 4 2 2/2 0/0 1/3 2 10 0 0 1 1 3 -3 12
W. Selden Jr. 4 2 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 2 12 0 0 3 0 2 -5 3
D. Brooks 2 2 0 1/3 0/1 0/2 1 14 0 0 1 0 2 -3 3
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Casspi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stephens - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Watanabe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Carter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 95 34 22 36/72 5/22 18/24 16 236 7 10 12 3 31 +40 178