Grizzlies snap 4-game skid, top Heat 103-95
MIAMI (AP) -- Mike Conley scored 24 points, Marc Gasol added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies never trailed on their way to beating the Miami Heat 103-95 on Saturday night.
Beno Udrih scored 11 for the Grizzlies, who led by 19 early in the second half before Miami scored to get within one or two points on 11 different occasions in the final minutes.
But the Grizzlies always had an answer, putting six players in double figures and snapping a four-game losing streak.
Dwyane Wade scored 25 points for Miami, which fell to 6-11 at home. Danny Granger scored a season-high 18 off the bench for the Heat, who got 16 from Luol Deng and 13 from Chris Andersen.
Tony Allen, Courtney Lee and Tayshaun Prince each scored 10 for Memphis.
The last few seconds before halftime couldn't have gone more to Memphis' liking.
Already up by 12, the Grizzlies got possession on a play where Wade dove to corral a loose ball near midcourt, his momentum taking him over the line for a backcourt violation. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra got a technical for arguing that Wade was fouled on the play, which led to a free throw from Conley.
And on the ensuing possession, Conley hit a 30-footer to beat the clock and send the Grizzlies into the break ahead 57-41.
Conley hit another 3 to open the second half and stretch the lead to 19, but the remainder of the quarter was all Miami.
Deng had 10 points in the period, Wade was 3 for 3 with four assists, and the Heat outscored Memphis 23-5 over a stretch of just under 6 minutes to cut it to 65-64 - starting the trend of Miami getting close, but never getting the lead.
Udrih scored the final five points of the third, and Memphis had a 72-66 cushion to take into the fourth.
Grizzlies: Gasol has scored 20 or more points 17 times already this season - matching his best for any full season. ... Memphis F Zach Randolph missed his fourth consecutive game with right knee soreness. ... Vince Carter played against Miami for the 55th time, Prince for the 53rd time. ... Memphis didn't get settled into its Miami hotel until after 3 a.m. Saturday, following its overtime game at home against Houston that preceded the 900-mile flight to South Florida.
Heat: The loss ensures Miami goes into 2015 with a losing record. The Heat are 14-17 with two games left before the calendar flips. The last New Year's Day that saw the Heat under .500 was 2008. ... Wade reached the 18,000-point mark for his career in the second quarter. The next two names on the Heat all-time list, Alonzo Mourning and Glen Rice, scored 18,707 points for Miami - combined. ... Heat C Chris Bosh (strained right calf) missed his eighth straight game.
Grizzlies: Host San Antonio on Tuesday.
Heat: Host Orlando on Monday.