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Beasley and Heat beat Grizz, 100-87 in 2 OTs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Michael Beasley scored a career-high with 30 points and the short-handed Miami Heat won their season-best fifth straight by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 100-87 in double overtime on Friday night.

The Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade and Rafer Alston, blew an 18-point lead in regulation than pulled away in the second overtime behind Udonis Haslem, who scored eight points in the final five minutes.

Jermaine O'Neal finished with 18 for the Heat before fouling out in the first overtime. Mario Chalmers also had 18 points.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 22 points and O.J. Mayo had 17. Zach Randolph scored 16 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Rudy Gay had 15 points, but was 6 of 19 from the field.

The teams ended regulation tied at 76 after O'Neal misfired on an 11-footer as the fourth quarter expired. Beasley's jumper from the corner at the end of the first overtime left the game tied at 85.

Leading-scorer Wade was out with a left calf strain. Alston was out with an injured right hand.

Carlos Arroyo (10 points and six assists) and Daequan Cook (three points and 1 for 7 shooting) started in place of Alston and Wade.

It was the second straight overtime game for Memphis, which won 109-102 in overtime at Toronto on Wednesday night.

Miami built the lead to as many as 18 in the first half, and still held an 11-point advantage with 6:26 left in regulation. But Memphis scored 11 straight points to pull even at 72 when Randolph scored on a dunk with 3:27 left.

Memphis completed the rally when Mike Conley scored in the lane with 34.4 left for a 76-74 lead. Beasley's 11-footer about 10 seconds later forced the first overtime.

From there, the team's played even until the second overtime. Beasley scored the first basket to give the Heat the lead, then Haslem scored the next eight Miami points to provide the Heat some cushion.

The Heat defense caused poor shooting for Memphis early. The Grizzlies missed 10 of their first 11 shots as Miami defenders took away Memphis' interior game.

Memphis scored 14 points in the first quarter, its worst first quarter of the season.

Miami was up 46-31 lead at the break behind Beasley's 16 points.

As poorly as Memphis shot in the first half, the fortunes changed to open the second. The Grizzlies hit their first five shots and cut into the Miami lead with 13 straight points.

Randolph's 3-pointer near the end of the third would cut the Miami lead to 63-57 heading into the final quarter.

NOTES: Wade had played in 55 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in his career. He played in 66 straight in the 2008-09 season. Wade's streak of 148 consecutive games in double figures was snapped when he left in the first quarter of the Nets game. Ronnie Brewer, acquired by Memphis in a deadline trade with Utah, is wearing No. 9, the same number he had with the Jazz. But Brewer left the game with in the third quarter with a right hamstring strain.. Conley had 19 assists without a turnover in the previous two games, but had a turnover in the first quarter.