Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/12
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Memphis Grizzlies matched a franchise record with their eighth straight victory on Saturday night, rolling over the Charlotte Bobcats 94-87 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mike Conley scored 20 points and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies pulled out to a 16-point lead in the first half and took a 75-60 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bobcats rallied late but got no closer than five in the final minute. The victory moved the Grizzlies to 8-1 -- their only loss was on road to the Clippers at the start of the season -- and completed an impressive week in which they also beat Miami, Oklahoma City and New York. The Grizzlies also won eight straight in January 2004. Memphis also got 16 points from Rudy Gay and 12 each from Marc Gasol and Tony Allen. Byron Mullens led the Bobcats with 18 points but suffered through a 7-of-21 shooting night from the field as the Bobcats shot just 37.6 percent. Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Ramon Sessions scored 12 each. The Bobcats (4-4) had a three-game winning streak snapped. Memphis led 47-38 at halftime. The Grizzlies rode Randolph’s nine points to a 25-19 lead after one quarter. Then Gay and Conley heated up in the second quarter and the lead grew to 16 at 47-31. But the Bobcats scored the last seven points of the half to cut the lead back to single digits. The Bobcats shot just 32.6 percent from the field (14 of 43) and both teams committed 10 turnovers apiece in an often-sloppy half. The Bobcats were starting a three-game homestand on Saturday night, part of a stretch where they will play five of six games at home. They will play Milwaukee at home on Monday night. The Grizzlies will return home for a five-game homestand, starting with Denver on Monday night. Charlotte played without Gerald Henderson, who missed his sixth straight game with a sprained left foot. The Grizzlies were back to full health with Darrell Arthur active after being out much of the season with a non-displaced left fibula fracture. NOTES: Hakim Warrick suited up for the first time as a Bobcat after being acquired from New Orleans on Tuesday in a trade for Matt Carroll. ... The Bobcats also got Gordon back, after he missed the previous two games because of a family matter. ... Walker was the Bobcats’ leading scorer coming in at 19 points per game. He had 22 and hit the winning shot with 0.7 of a second remaining on Wednesday night at Minnesota. ... The Bobcats had defeated Dallas, Washington and Minnesota in their winning streak. ... Gay led the Grizzlies in scoring coming into the game at 20.3, which was good for 11th in the NBA. ... Randolph was leading the NBA in rebounding coming into the game at 14.1 and also was averaging 17.1 points. ... The Grizzlies also won seven in a row last season, in January. ... Saturday night’s tipoff came at 7:40 p.m. instead of the Bobcats’ standard 7 p.m. in order to give the Grizzlies a bit of a break. The Grizzlies had a 9:30 p.m. EST start against New York on Friday in Memphis to accommodate TV.
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