Jazz 90, Grizzlies 84

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 17, 2013
Gordon Hayward scored 17 points in his first start since November, including a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 90-84 on Saturday night. The Grizzlies (44-21) had won 14 of 15 but have dropped two straight to close out a four-game road trip. Utah (34-32) pulled within a half-game of the idle Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Jerryd Bayless led all scorers with 24 points. Memphis teammate Zach Randolph added 19 and Mike Conley 13 but on just 6-of-18 shooting. The Jazz started sixth man Hayward to provide a spark on both ends. He added eight rebounds. The Jazz used the lineup change to put behind a forgettable effort in Wednesday's 23-point loss in Oklahoma City, when they scored 28 in the first half and shot a season-low 35 percent. They also played with more energy on Saturday. Mo Williams dived to the floor to force a Memphis shot-clock violation in the first quarter and Enes Kanter went head first into the crowd trying to save a rebound. The Grizzlies put up a fight, too, with Marc Gasol even slinging a shoe at Derrick Favors to slow him down in the fourth quarter. Gasol's three-point play pulled Memphis within 79-76 with 4:24 remaining. But the Jazz went on an 8-0 run with five straight points from Paul Millsap and another 3 by Hayward to take an 87-76 lead with 2:58 remaining. Memphis led 50-45 at the break, but the Jazz used a big third quarter to regain control. The Jazz had been outscored 55-28 in the third quarter in a pair of losses this season to Memphis. They outscored the Grizzlies 24-9 in the third Saturday to take a 69-59 lead into the fourth. Randy Foye's 3-pointer and a 10-foot bank shot by Mo Williams gave the Jazz a 64-55 lead. Hayward pushed it to 66-55 with a jumper off the break and Williams sank a free throw for a 12-point Jazz lead with 1:59 left in the third after Memphis coach Lionel Hollins was called for a technical. Memphis won the rebounding battle 42-38 and held a 42-30 edge on points in the paint, but the Jazz shot nine more free throws. Utah also held the Grizzlies to just 42.9 percent shooting. At halftime Utah was shooting just 41.2 percent and seemed headed for its ninth loss in 11 games. Tayshaun Prince had a seven-point second quarter and Bayless scored eight, including a pair of 3s, to give Memphis a five-point lead at the break. The Jazz started slowly, missing their first five shots and falling behind 9-1 and 17-9. Hayward hit Utah's first basket 4 minutes and then his first 3 to get Utah within 19-6. Utah closed on a 6-0 run for a 22-21 lead, sparked by Favors, who had four points, two rebounds and a block in six minutes. Favors finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Randolph had an 11-point first quarter on 4-of-5 shooting. Notes: Longtime Jazz broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley attended Saturday's game. ... Memphis G Tony Wroten did not dress Saturday and returned to the team hotel because of migraines. .. Conley entered the game needing two steals to break his own franchise record for total steals in a season (144 in 2010-2011). He finished with one.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Lincecum has been throwing in secret location

RG3 passes exit physical, clears way for release

Bryce Harper has great response to $400 million contract question

Cavs discussed three-team deal that would net them Melo

Celtics reportedly discussing Kevin Love trade

New York Giants to pursue Matt Forte?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Mauer to try wearing sunglasses to improve pitch tracking

Charles Woodson joining ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown' team

A’s land Khris Davis from Brewers for prospects

Family of deceased Kyle Field construction worker awarded $53 million by jury

Chris Bosh to miss All-Star Game with calf injury, Al Horford to replace

NBA commissioner Adam Silver supports bringing sports betting in to the light

Why the Virginia Cavaliers are a National Championship contender

Cardiff City owner tells team to shoot more, because ugly men can marry beautiful women

Report: American Pharoah will make $35 million as stud in 2016

City hosts Tottenham in Valentine’s Day clash

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Is there a place for Aaron Hill with the Brewers?

The market for forwards may shape the NHL trade deadline

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

The most intriguing NBA story lines for the rest of the season

Report: Timberwolves ‘lament’ Andrew Wiggins missing weight-lifting sessions

Kevin Durant to the Warriors makes little sense

City of Atlanta, Braves fighting over iconic Hank Aaron statue

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker