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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Game 16: Grizzlies at Cavs

CAVS (7-9) 92, MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (7-10) 86
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: Cavs guard Mo Williams was fabulous, not only with his perimeter shooting, but directing the flow.

He had 25 points and 12 assists, both game highs. His assist total was a season high.

His 3-point shooting was uncanny, as he made 4 of 6 shots from beyond the arc.

The Grizzlies had a three-game winning streak snapped. Remember, this team beat the Heat last week, but perhaps that's not such a big deal any more.

Like most every team, they have more firepower than the Cavs (who doesn't?). But they couldn't stop Williams.

Another big factor was the Cavs' defense. They held the Grizzlies to 42 percent shooting, 32 percent in the second half. The Cavs outscored Memphis in the second half, 47-35.

Forward Rudy Gay is a potent, high-scoring player who led the Grizzlies with 17 points. But afer a fast start, he had just seven points in the second half.

He's 15th in the NBA in scoring at 21.8 per game. He started the season with eight consecutive 20-point games, a franchise record.

Power forward Zach Randolph had just 13 points. In the late going, Cavs center Anderson Varejao defended him and made work hard. He made just 1 of 8 shots in the second half.

SF Joey Graham (6-7, 230) vs. Rudy Gay (6-8, 240)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Zach Randolph (6-9, 260)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Marc Gasol (7-1, 265)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Xavier Henry (6-6, 220)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 195) vs. Mike Conley (6-1, 185)
Cavs - F/C Samardo Samuels, G Christian Eyenga, G Manny Harris.
Grizzlies - G Acie Law, C Hamed Haddadi.
Michael Smith, Mark Ayotte, Leroy Richardson


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