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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Game 61: Cavs at Grizzlies

Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED?: Four games in five nights caught up with the Cavs in the second half when they were outscored, 56-31.

Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph started the second half on a tear and never let up. He had 13 of his 23 points in the third quarter when the Grizzlies thumped the Cavs, 33-15.

Randolph was quiet in the first half. Someone must have gotten in his ear at halftime. He ended with a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Cavs have now lost their last five games at the FedExForum. They haven't won in the arena since Jan. 13, 2009. 

The Cavs had a 15-point lead in the second quarter. They still led at halftime by 11 points, 65-54. All that came crashing down in the second half.

Neither team is currently in the playoffs. Both teams are the ninth seeds in their respective conferences. The Grizzlies are one game behind No. 8 Phoenix in the Western Conference. The Cavs are four games in back of No. 8 Atlanta in the East.

The Cavs should be getting some reinforcements back soon. They played without center Anderson Varejao (back), shooting guard Dion Waiters (knee) and swingman C.J. Miles (ankle) in the Memphis game. Varejao should be back soon.

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley didn't play in the first meeting with the Cavs. He finished with 22 points and seven rebounds on Saturday. The former Ohio State star is their leading scorer (17.7) and playmaker (6.2).

Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving is playing at a high level right now and was coming off his first career triple-double against the Jazz. He led all scorers with 28 points.

UP NEXT: The Cavs host San Antonio at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

SF Luol Deng (6-9, 220) vs. Tayshaun Prince (6-9, 215)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 236) vs. Zach Randolph (6-9, 260)
C Spencer Hawes (7-1, 245) vs. Marc Gasol (7-1, 265)
SG Jarrett Jack (6-3, 200) vs. Courtney Lee (6-5, 210)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Mike Conley (6-1, 175)
Cavs - C Anderson Varejao, G Carrick Felix
Grizzlies G Jamaal Franklin, F Quincy Pondexter
Ed Malloy, Kane Fitzgerald, Marat Kogut


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