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CLEVELAND - The Memphis Grizzlies were playing without leading scorer Zach Randolph.

Center Marc Gasol more than picked up the slack with Randolph, an All-Star power forward, sidelined with a sprained ankle. Gasol scored a team-high 22 points in the Grizzlies' 103-92 victory over the Cavaliers on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Gasol was a sizzling 11-of-16 from the field and added eight rebounds and five assists. Guard Jerryd Bayless came off the bench to score 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies (41-19) have now won 11 of their last 12 games, including three in a row.

The Cavs (21-41) cut a 12-point deficit to just four points, 88-84, with 5:37 remaining in the game on Kyrie Irving's layup. However, they couldn't get the necessary stops down the stretch to get any closer.

Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 11 assists.

The Cavs had a three-game losing streak snapped against the Grizzlies. However, Cavs had won seven in a row over Memphis at The Q.

Irving, listed as doubtful for Friday's game with an illness, had a game-high 24 points and three assists.

Swingman C.J. Miles came off the bench for 13 points for the Cavs, while forward Alonzo Gee added 12 points and five rebounds. Power forward Tristan Thompson recorded his 22nd double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Guard Dion Waiters, who had missed the previous two games with an illness, managed just three points. He was 0 of 4 from the field.

Memphis shot 52.3 percent from the field for the game compared to the Cavs' 45.8 percent. They also outrebounded the Cavs, 37-33.

The Grizzlies took control of the game by outscoring the Cavs in the third quarter, 32-18. They scored 10 unanswered points to start the second half. That's been a problem that has plagued the Cavs repeatedly this season. They led by 11 points, 80-69, after three quarters.

Gasol was particularly lethal with 18 points through three quarters. He made 9 of 13 shots from the field, mostly on long set shots from the perimeter.

Forward Ed Davis, starting in Randolph's place, was very active with 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Cavs outscored Memphis 32-25 in the second quarter. That handed them a three-point edge at halftime, 51-48.

The Grizzlies shot a blistering 55 percent from the field in the first quarter as they sped out to a four-point edge, 23-19. Gasol had six points, three rebounds and three assists. The score would have been more lopsided, but Gee nailed a 68-footer at the buzzer. He had seven points and a steal in the first quarter.

Notes: Irving was listed as doubtful for Friday's game with illness, but he started. "About 13 hours of sleep will definitely help you," he said. He said he doesn't have the same illness that has caused teammates Dion Waiters, Daniel Gibson and Tyler Zeller to miss some action in the last week. Waiters, who missed the previous two games, was back in the starting lineup at shooting guard on Friday. ... The condition of Irving's right knee caused a commotion on Thursday when coach Byron Scott threatened to shut him down for a while if the guard's problems continued. Scott spoke at length to Cavs athletic trainer Max Benton about the subject. Irving said he was injured in practice when he landed awkwardly. It caused him to miss three games. "I don't think the knee is that big of an issue, to be honest," Scott said. ... The Grizzlies came into Friday's game ranked No. 1 in points allowed at 89.4 per game. Conversely, the Cavs ranked 23rd at 101.1. The Grizzlies have two lock-down defenders in forward Tayshaun Prince and shooting guard Tony Allen. "With Tayshaun, they are a different team," Scott said. "This makes them a better defensive team. They don't have a lot of great individual defenders, but they are a great defensive team." ... Cavs center Marreese Speights said he didn't think the Grizzlies gave up on him. "It was all the front office," he said. "It was a money move. I still have love for the team and the fans."
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