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Grizzlies 90, Pistons 78

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MEMPHIS -- Rudy Gay scored 18 points and Marc Gasol and Mike Conley added 17 each to lead the Memphis Grizzlies past the Detroit Pistons, 90-78, Friday night at the FedExForum.

For the Grizzlies, it represented their sixth straight win over Detroit and allowed them to improve their season record at home to 8-1. The Grizzlies, who have the NBA's best record, have won 19 of their past 20 home games.

Ahead by eight at the half, the Grizzlies allowed the Pistons to tie the game 57-57 early in the third quarter, but Memphis pulled back ahead behind Mike Conley, who had a three-point play and consecutive 3-pointers in a 2-minute stretch for a 66-60 lead. Four straight points by Gay upped the Grizzlies lead to 10 and capped a 13-3 run.

Memphis increased its lead to 13 on several occasions in the fourth quarter, the last time on a driving layup in traffic by Conley for an 87-74 lead with 3:26 left.

The Pistons were led by Greg Monroe, who had 17 points and nine rebounds. Tayshaun Prince added 15 points.

Detroit outrebounded the Grizzlies, 46-39, and were able to keep Memphis' double-double machine, Zach Randolph, to eight points and five rebounds. Randolph entered the game ranked second in the NBA with a 13.2 rebounding average.

Behind 57 percent shooting in the second quarter, the Grizzlies took a 53-45 lead.

Playing without starting guard Tony Allen, who missed the game with a groin injury, the Grizzlies struggled in the opening quarter. Missing 15 of their first 20 shots, the Grizzlies fell behind by six (21-15), but battled back behind reserves Jerryd Bayless and Darrell Arthur to take a 22-21 lead at the end of the quarter. Bayless had four points in the final 1:27 and assisted Arthur on the other basket during the 7-0 run.

In the second quarter, Bayless continued to be a factor. He assisted Arthur on two additional baskets and added a twisting layup before leaving the game as the Grizzlies starters returned.

The Grizzlies extended their lead to 10 points on two occasions late in the second quarter as Gasol powered a 13-5 run for a 49-39 advantage. Gasol had six points during the run and Mike Conley had a three-point play and assisted Gay on a fast-break slam.

At the half Bayless and Gay had eight points apiece and the Grizzlies had 12 assists on their 20 baskets. The Pistons outrebounded the Grizzlies, 24-19, in the first half and limited Randolph to two rebounds.

Notes: Neither Pistons coach Lawrence Frank or Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins would comment on NBA commissioner David Stern's ruling Friday to fine the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 for their decision to send four players -- Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green -- home before the team's game against the Miami Heat Thursday. ... Friday's game against the Pistons was the last of a season-long five-game homestand for the Grizzlies.
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