Grizzlies tear up Thunder's streak

Posted: April 03, 2012

OJ. Mayo passed up one three-pointer with the Memphis Grizzlies' lead dwindling in the final minute. He wasn't going to do it again.

Mayo scored 22 points, including a key three-pointer with 17 seconds left, and the Grizzlies prevented Oklahoma City from tying for the NBA's best record by beating the Thunder, 94-88, on Monday night.

"It was a good look. I had my feet set," Mayo said. "I just wanted to knock it down."

One possession earlier, Mayo was in about the same spot and passed the ball to Zach Randolph, who had to force a three-point attempt that hit the backboard and didn't touch the rim for a shot-clock violation.

Given another chance, he connected on a three to make it 90-86 with 17 seconds to play. The Grizzlies hung on to win for the fourth time in five games and snap the Thunder's six-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City had pulled within a game of league-leading Chicago by blowing out the Bulls a day earlier, but the Grizzlies took the lead just after halftime and never gave it back.

Memphis won despite playing without starting point guard Mike Conley (sore right ankle) and reserve Dante Cunningham (sprained left ankle) for the second straight game.

"We're missing a couple guys that are big for us but we've got to keep playing," said center Marc Gasol, who had 13 points and eight rebounds. "We're a no-excuse team. We've got to play. We've got to do what we've got to do."

It was the latest chapter in a budding rivalry created by last year's epic seven-game Western Conference semifinal series - including a triple-overtime game and one with a single overtime. Oklahoma City won Game 7 on its home court and had won all three previous meetings this season by a total of 15 points.

"It's always like this," Kevin Durant said. "This is our fourth time playing these guys. It's tough to beat a team four times in a row. They came out and made plays and you've got to give credit to those guys. They played hard."

In other games:

* At Washington, Brandon Jennings scored 17 of his 19 points in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled within two games of the East's final playoff spot with an unsightly 112-98 win over the Wizards.

* At Chicago, Goran Dragic scored 21 points, Luis Scola added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets rallied to beat the Bulls, 99-93. Chicago had gone a franchise-record 86 regular-season games without dropping two in a row. Bulls star Derrick Rose remained sidelined, missing his 11th straight game with a right groin injury.

* At Dallas, Randy Foye had 28 points with a career-high eight three-pointers and the Los Angeles Clippers won their sixth consecutive game, 94-75 over the Mavericks. Blake Griffin had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who last won six in a row in March 1992.

The Mavericks were playing without Jason Kidd, expected to miss another four-game stretch with a strained right groin, and Lamar Odom, who was out with a stomach illness.

* At Sacramento, Tyreke Evans had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Terrence Williams had 12 and 12 off the bench to help the Kings to a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

* At Portland, Paul Millsap poured in 31 points to go with 11 rebounds to lead three Jazz players with double-doubles and Utah edged the Trail Blazers, 102-97.

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