Published January 07, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Rudy Gay scored 28 points, Zach Randolph added 26 points and 11 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies won their third straight game, 110-99 over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
O.J. Mayo had 13 points for Memphis and Marc Gasol contributed 12 points.
Paul Millsap, who missed Utah's 110-87 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday because of a sore hip, led the Jazz with 20 points. Deron Williams had 19 points and six assists, but was 4 of 13 from the field. Al Jefferson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Utah. Earl Watson scored 12 points, hitting all five of his shots.
The Jazz, who lost their second straight, committed a season-high 23 turnovers, five of them by Williams. Memphis had 17 steals.
It was only the second time this season Utah has lost consecutive games. The Jazz started the season 0-2.
Memphis extended the lead to as many as 14 in the third quarter as they continued to force Utah into mistakes, and holding a 76-65 advantage entering the fourth despite Raja Bell's fadeaway 16-footer at the horn.
The Memphis lead couldn't be considered safe, however, because Utah has overcome 15-point deficits six times this season. The Jazz also have won 12 games when trailing at halftime.
Memphis led 49-44 at the break.
Utah had a horrible half of ball-handling with a surprising 15 turnovers before intermission — 11 on steals. Memphis entered averaging a league-leading 9.54 thefts per game, and forcing 17-plus turnovers.
Despite the turnover problems the Jazz shot 63 percent in the half, and were able to stay close.
Williams had 11 points for the Jazz, while Randolph led Memphis with 15 in the half.
Darrell Arthur scored seven straight Memphis points in the early stages of the fourth, and the Grizzlies had enough of a buffer to hold off a couple of mini-rallies by the Jazz.
NOTES: Utah entered the game having won 13 of the last 14 games in the series. The only previous Memphis win in that period came a year ago 91-89 in Memphis. Chilean miner and Elvis Presley fan Edison Pena was honored during the game. He was brought to Memphis to visit Graceland. Mayo returned after missing Tuesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the first game Mayo missed in his career. The official reason was bronchitis, but the absence did come after the in-flight fight with G Tony Allen on the way home from Sunday's win at Los Angeles. Utah's previous high for turnovers was 22 on opening night in a loss to Denver. Memphis G Greivis Vasquez had a season-high seven assists.