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Jackson scores 32 as Bobcats hold off Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Stephen Jackson scored 32 points and grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds, helping the Charlotte Bobcats withstand a fourth-quarter rally and defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Friday night.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Charlotte and prevented the Bobcats from going winless as they head home from a four-game road trip.

Jackson, 13 of 26 from the field, scored 19 points in the second half. Boris Diaw added 18 for Charlotte, while Tyrus Thomas finished with 13 while missing only one of his seven shots.

Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Rudy Gay added 20 points, O.J. Mayo 14 and Mike Conley 13 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies erased an eight-point lead.

The loss was the Grizzlies' sixth in a row at home, and the first of the season against a sub-.500 team. Charlotte is 28-29.

The Bobcats broke open a close game with a 14-2 run spanning the third and fourth periods to build their biggest lead of the game at 77-68. Thomas had eight points in the rally.

Memphis responded with a rush that included consecutive 3-pointers from Conley. His third from long-range completed the comeback, giving Memphis an 85-84 lead with 4:21 left.

Then the lead changes began again, until Jackson's 3-pointer gave Charlotte the lead for good — 88-87 — with 3:17 left.

The Bobcats were short-handed up front as Nazr Mohammed and Tyson Chandler both sat out with injuries.

Memphis, the league leader in points in the paint, couldn't capitalize on the Bobcats' shortcomings, Charlotte eventually outscoring Memphis 44-40 inside for the game.

Jackson scored 13 before the break and Diaw hit his first five shots for 12 points, helping Charlotte hold a 48-47 lead at the break. Mayo had 12 for Memphis, and Gay scored 11.

The half was sloppy with each team committing 10 turnovers and shooting under 50 percent. Neither could build much of a cushion, Charlotte holding the biggest lead of the half at eight points.

That translated into eight lead changes and four ties.

The game stayed close in the second half. Randolph was getting off shots inside, and Gay was scoring from the outside.

For the Bobcats, Jackson continued to fire away, using his 6-foot-8 height over the shorter Mayo. Jackson had nine points in the third, and the Bobcats scored the last six points of the period, helping Charlotte hold a 69-66 lead entering the fourth.

NOTES: Mohammed missed his third game with back spasms. Chandler was down for the fifth straight with a left foot injury. ... Memphis G Jamaal Tinsley was inactive with a sore left hamstring. With Tinsley hurt, the Grizzlies delayed sending rookie G Lester Hudson to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League. Hudson's transfer to the Wizards was expected Thursday when the team sent C Hasheem Thabeet, the second pick in last summer's draft, to Dakota. "We'll keep him for a couple of days, so we won't be down to 10 players and two point guards," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "So, we're going to keep Lester through Sunday and see what happens." ... Memphis was 8-0 against teams under .500 before losing to Charlotte.