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Grizzlies 94, Bobcats 75

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- When it was time to bust loose on Tuesday night against a vastly lesser opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies did so.

After playing pattycake for three quarters with Charlotte, one of the NBA's worst teams, the Grizzlies slapped the Bobcats around in the fourth quarter and rolled to a 94-75 victory at FedExForum.

Mike Conley posted his fifth straight 20-point game, ending with 20 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies (53-25), who are in fourth place in the Western Conference with four regular-season games left.

Zach Randolph added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Reserve forward Jon Leuer scored a season-high 11 points off the bench.

Kemba Walker had 19 points and Gerald Henderson 13 for Charlotte (18-60).

The Grizzlies opened the game without guard Jerryd Bayless (ankle) and forward Darrell Arthur (sore back). Memphis, coming off a three-game West Coast road trip, played a lot of tired defense in the game's first seven minutes.

Memphis led 49-40 at the half, but with its two best bench players out because of injuries, struggled to get separation when reserves filled the floor for both teams early in the second quarter.

The Grizzlies missed the scoring punch of Bayless and the inside toughness of Arthur.

Memphis led 36-33 with 5:41 left in the half when it got all of its starters back on the floor. Conley made a concerted effort to push the ball in the final five minutes, and he got to the basket just about any time he needed with the shot clock running down.

The Bobcats pulled into a 53-53 tie with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Memphis' starters played a bit too casual coming out after halftime. And once Walker hit two baskets back to back, the Bobcats gained confidence. Conley needed to be more aggressive offensively, but the absence of Bayless forced him to create more for himself and came through with seven points in the final 3:30 of the quarter.

NOTES: Keyon Dooling, a 12-year veteran guard who just joined the Grizzlies last Wednesday after sitting out almost all season dealing with personal problems, is fresh and ready to roll. He played 11 minutes in last Sunday's win at Sacramento, contributing four points and two assists. His flawless performance was a pleasant surprise. "I've been around the league a long time, and I know most teams offensive and defensive schemes," said Dooling, who made his FedExForum debut on Tuesday night against Charlotte. "I do a lot of film study. We haven't had a lot of practice time, so I haven't had a chance to run through a lot of plays." ... Dooling saw action against Charlotte because backup point guard Jerryd Bayless was out with a sore ankle. ... This time a year ago, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was picking confetti out of his hair after the then-freshman forward led Kentucky to a NCAA championship game win over Kansas. The 6-7, 245-pound Gilchrist has been up and down this season for Charlotte but on a mini-tear as of late, averaging 11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in his last eight games entering Tuesday. He had his sixth double-double of the year (18 points, career-high 14 rebounds) on April 5 at Miami.
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