MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—With each win, the Memphis Grizzlies do things the franchise never did before.
Memphis moved five games over .500 for the first time in its history Friday night as Mike Miller scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures in the Grizzlies’ 97-83 victory over the Miami Heat.
Miller was 6-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, as Memphis built a big lead before halftime and the Heat never cut it below double digits.
“We played a consistent game,” Miller said. “We kept pushing, kept pushing, kept pushing and built the lead. It wasn’t one big run or anything. We were just a team that kept plugging away.”
The win was Memphis’s sixth straight at home, setting a new franchise mark. The Grizzlies also set a franchise record for wins (15) before the All-Star break.
Miami lost for the second straight time after a four-game winning streak.
“It was a struggle,” said Heat coach Stan Van Gundy. “We’ve basically got three guys that we can count on offensively right now—Lamar (Odom), Dwyane and Eddie. When we only get one of them (Wade) to play well, …then it is going to be a struggle.”
Memphis used an 11-1 run to end the first half for a 59-45 lead at the break.
Memphis had an early double-digit lead after hitting eight of its first 10 shots and shooting 68 percent in the first quarter. The Grizzlies would finish at 61 percent for the half, but 10 turnovers hindered them from building a bigger lead.
“We only had one turnover in the first quarter and 20 turnovers total,” Memphis coach Hubie Brown said. “What we are trying to do is make the game more difficult than it is because we are trying to be fancy and make a cute pass. What we really need to be is boring, meat and potatoes.”
The Grizzlies continued to build the lead in the third and took an 81-58 advantage into the fourth.
“With a team like that, that’s playing exceptionally well at home, you can’t give them the kind of lead that they got,” Wade said. “They came outfiring. We came out flat, and that gave them the big jump on us.”
Memphis PG Jason Williams saw his first action after sitting out 10 games with a back strain. He played 19 minutes off the bench, finishing with three points, six assists and four rebounds. …Miami defeated the Grizzlies 91-88 a week earlier in Miami, snapping a six-game Memphis winning streak. …PGA Champion Shaun Micheel of Memphis was recognized at the game. Micheel was presented a Grizzlies jersey with his name. …Wade entered the game shooting 54 percent over the past five games, but was 7-of-18 Friday night. …The Heat are winless in 12 games when they shoot under 40 percent. …Miamiis 1-16 when trailing after three quarters.