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Grizzlies close in on shocker

MEMPHIS — Whatever Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said to his team at halftime worked very, very well.

Eighth-seeded Memphis outscored the Spurs 30-15 in the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 104-86 rout Monday night for a 3-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

"It was an incredible performance in the third and fourth quarter," Hollins said. "… From the second quarter on, our defense just kept getting better and better."

San Antonio led 50-48 at halftime, and Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo said Hollins lit such a fire in his team that it couldn't wait to get onto the court.

"We're not playing too well in so many words," Mayo said. "That's the clean version. And we need to get it together, and play with a lot of energy and play like we're a desperate team. All year he's been preaching that the desperate team usually wins, and we didn't look very desperate that first half."

The Grizzlies are a game away from becoming the second eighth seed to knock off a No. 1 since the NBA expanded to a best-of-seven series, joining the 2007 Warriors, who beat the Mavericks.

"I know a lot of people didn't expect us to be here," guard Mike Conley said. "It's not like we were expected to be up 3-1 at this point. In our locker room, we're just playing it game by game. We want to come into San Antonio looking to end it there. We're focused and want to be able to move onto the next round."

Grizzlies 104, Spurs 86

SAN ANTONIO (86): Jefferson 0-4 0-0 0, Duncan 3-7 0-0 6, McDyess 2-5 0-1 4, Parker 9-12 4-4 23, Ginobili 5-13 2-2 14, Hill 4-7 1-2 10, Bonner 2-4 0-0 4, Splitter 5-9 0-1 10, Neal 3-6 4-4 11, Green 1-4 0-0 2, Blair 1-4 0-0 2, Novak 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-75 11-14 86.

MEMPHIS (104): Young 3-7 2-4 8, Randolph 3-7 5-5 11, Gasol 3-5 3-4 9, Conley 6-15 2-2 15, Allen 5-10 2-2 12, Battier 3-5 2-2 9, Mayo 4-10 1-2 11, Arthur 7-10 0-0 14, Haddadi 0-1 0-0 0, Vasquez 4-4 0-0 9, Smith 2-2 0-0 4, Powe 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 41-81 17-21 104.

San Antonio 26 24 15 21— 86

Memphis 21 27 30 26— 104

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 5-18 (Ginobili 2-6, Parker 1-2, Neal 1-2, Hill 1-3, Jefferson 0-1, Green 0-2, Bonner 0-2), Memphis 5-12 (Mayo 2-3, Vasquez 1-1, Conley 1-2, Battier 1-3, Allen 0-1, Randolph 0-1, Young 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 41 (Splitter 9), Memphis 46 (Randolph, Gasol 9). AssistsSan Antonio 16 (Ginobili 4), Memphis 22 (Conley 7). Total FoulsSan Antonio 16, Memphis 19. TechnicalsMcDyess. A18,119 (18,119).

Mavs bounce back

DALLAS — Holding another double-digit lead going into the fourth quarter, the Mavericks found a great way to protect it. They stood and watched the Trail Blazers miss 10 straight shots.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 25 in the third quarter and Dallas avoided another late collapse to beat Portland 93-82 and take a 3-2 series lead.

Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 20 rebounds, his most ever in a playoff game, and Jason Kidd had 14 assists to make sure Dallas bounced back strong from blowing a 23-point lead over the final 14 minutes of Game 4.

Mavericks 93, Blazers 82

PORTLAND (82): Wallace 5-11 6-6 16, Aldridge 6-15 0-0 12, Camby 2-4 0-0 4, Miller 8-14 1-2 18, Matthews 3-7 2-4 8, Batum 5-12 0-0 12, Roy 2-7 1-2 5, Fernandez 1-4 2-3 5, C.Johnson 0-0 2-2 2, Mills 0-0 0-0 0, A.Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Barron 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-74 14-19 82.

DALLAS (93): Marion 6-14 2-2 14, Nowitzki 8-18 9-11 25, Chandler 3-4 8-12 14, Kidd 1-7 2-2 4, Stevenson 0-3 0-0 0, Terry 8-18 3-3 20, Stojakovic 3-7 1-2 9, Barea 2-6 0-0 4, Haywood 1-1 1-3 3, Cardinal 0-0 0-0 0, Brewer 0-0 0-0 0, Mahinmi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 26-35 93.

Portland 20 23 20 19— 82

Dallas 15 29 31 18— 93

3-Point GoalsPortland 4-16 (Batum 2-7, Miller 1-1, Fernandez 1-2, Matthews 0-2, Wallace 0-2, Roy 0-2), Dallas 3-17 (Stojakovic 2-4, Terry 1-5, Nowitzki 0-1, Stevenson 0-2, Kidd 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPortland 45 (Aldridge, Wallace 9), Dallas 57 (Chandler 20). AssistsPortland 13 (Miller 7), Dallas 22 (Kidd 14). Total FoulsPortland 24, Dallas 19. TechnicalsPortland Coach McMillan, Portland defensive three second, Dallas defensive three second. A20,837 (19,200).

ROSE UPDATE: An MRI exam showed no major structural damage to Derrick Rose's sprained left ankle, and the Bulls guard said he plans to suit up for Game 5 tonight.

CUBAN UPSET: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said officials missed two crucial calls during Dallas' 18-point meltdown during the fourth quarter of a Game 4 loss to Portland and added he's "absolutely" willing to be fined for voicing his complaints.

LAKER ARRESTED: Lakers forward Derrick Caracter was arrested in New Orleans early Sunday, accused of public drunkenness and shoving a cashier at a pancake restaurant.

Grizzlies close in on shocker 04/26/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 1:03am]

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