Grizzlies hold off Jazz 96-86

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Zach Randolph scored 21 points, Marc Gasol added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies maintained their hold on a Western Conference playoff spot with a 96-86 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.

Gasol and Randolph each had 10 rebounds as Memphis won its eighth straight home game and fifth straight over the Jazz. Mike Conley finished with 18 points and seven assists, and Tony Allen scored 10 points.


Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke and Alec Burks each scored 16 points for Utah, while Enes Kanter had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Jazz lost their sixth straight and 11th of their last 12.

Memphis weathered several runs by the Jazz before six straight points in the fourth quarter provided a sufficient buffer. The Grizzlies began the night in the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

The Grizzlies, who hadn't played since Saturday remained undefeated (4-0) when coming off three days' rest. ... Memphis native Ian Clark, a Utah rookie out of Belmont, did not play in the game. ... Utah's only win in their last 12 was over the Philadelphia 76ers.