MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Miami Heat focused on shutting down Memphis’ inside scoring duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Grizzlies reserve guard Wayne Ellington made them pay dearly for it.
Ellington had career bests with seven three-pointers and 25 points to lead the Grizzlies over the Heat 104-86 on Sunday for their fifth straight win and the best start in franchise history.
I don’t think Ellington will be able to sneak in the back door anymore, Miami center Chris Bosh said. I didn’t know he could shoot the ball like that. We know now.
The Grizzlies (5-1) snapped Miami’s four-game winning streak while topping the 4-1 start in 2000-01 in this franchise’s last season in Vancouver. They also extended their own team-record home winning streak to 14 dating to last season.
Rudy Gay added 21 points and Randolph had his sixth double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis. Mike Conley had 18 points and nine assists, while Gasol added 10 rebounds and six assists.
We played outstanding basketball, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said.
Bosh scored 22 points and LeBron James had 20 for Miami, which never led in the game.
NETS 82, MAGIC 74: In New York, Brook Lopez scored 20 points, and Kris Humphries added 14 points and 21 rebounds as Brooklyn completed a home-and-home sweep of Orlando.
The Nets beat the Magic 107-68 at Orlando on Friday and jumped out to an early 20-point lead in this one.
CLIPPERS 89, HAWKS 76: In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored 16 points, and Chris Paul had 15 points and eight assists to lead Los Angeles.
THUNDER 106, CAVALIERS 91: In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook banked in a half-court shot during a rough-and-tumble 27-point outing, and Kevin Durant added 26 points to lead Oklahoma City.