Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 3/18/12
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Rudy Gay scored 27 points, including five in the final 23.9 seconds, to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 97-92 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. Mike Conley added 17 points and six assists for Memphis, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Marc Gasol had 15 points and Zach Randolph added 13. Randolph, Gay and Gasol had nine rebounds apiece, helping Memphis to a 53-40 advantage on the boards. John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points and six assists. Jordan Crawford finished with 22 points, and Kevin Seraphin had 12 points and 12 rebounds as Washington lost for the fifth time in the last six. Washington committed 21 turnovers. Memphis committed 14 turnovers while shooting just 40 percent. The Wizards trailed only 90-86 after Wall's layup with 46 seconds left. But Gay connected on a 3-pointer with 23.9 seconds remaining and the Grizzlies hit their last four free throws, including a pair by Gay. Memphis was able to build its advantage in the third quarter and never trailed in the fourth, although Washington did pull even with 8:23 left. Washington carried a 48-45 lead into intermission after an ugly first half that involved poor shooting, poor ballhandling and little flow. The Wizards shot better at 45 percent, but committed 10 turnovers. Memphis managed only 38 percent from the field and had seven turnovers. The difference for the Wizards was going 5 of 9 from outside the arc, including one from Crawford with 1.9 seconds left in the half, for Washington's halftime advantage. Crawford had 16 points in the half, while Seraphin contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. Memphis, which hit only 31 of 51 from the free throw line in Friday's overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, struggled again, converting only 10 of 17 in the first half. They finished 27 of 37. The Wizards were only 1 of 9 after halftime from outside the arc. Memphis began finally showing life in the latter stages of the third. Conley hit a trio of shots early in the period, but the Wizards still managed to hold a 61-58 lead on Wall's jumper with 5:29 left in the third. But Memphis closed the period on a 16-5 run, outscoring the Wizards 29-18 in the period to carry a 74-66 lead into the fourth. Washington used its bench to even at 80 with 8:23 left. But Memphis quickly went back ahead. NOTES: The Wizards announced during the game that they have signed 6-foot-6 swingman Edwin Ubiles to a 10-day contract. Ubiles average 20.4 points with Dakota of the NBA D-League. .Washington F Rashard Lewis missed his 10th straight game with a sore left knee. .Gasol drew a technical in the first quarter arguing a no-call after he drove to the basket. .Memphis plays nine of its next 11 games on the road. .Memphis is now 13-3 against sub-.500 teams. .Washington's road record dropped to 4-18.
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