Raptors 103, Grizzlies 87

Don Wade, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Toronto small forward Rudy Gay scored a team-high 23 points Wednesday night in his return to FedExForum as the Raptors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-87.
Gay was in his sixth season with the Grizzlies when they traded him to Toronto last January as a part of a three-team deal. Gay scored 13 points in a loss to the Grizzlies in Toronto on Feb. 10, but Wednesday night he had 13 by halftime. Gay also finished with six rebounds, five steals and four assists Wednesday.
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry had 21 points and six assists and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan scored 18.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had a game-high 29 points and fueled a third-quarter run that brought the Grizzlies (3-5) even, at 70-70, when he hit a driving layup at the 3:33 mark.
But Memphis never got a second-half lead and the Raptors (4-5) closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run to lead 78-71 going into the fourth.
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Zach Randolph had 10 points and 10 boards.
When Gay hit a jumper to put the Raptors up 96-77 with 5:49 to play, the Grizzlies called timeout and Gay shoulder-bumped with players on the Raptors' bench as fans booed. Toronto shot 46.3 percent from the floor (31 of 67) to the Grizzlies' 42.7 (35 of 82).
The Raptors shot 53.3 percent from 3-point range (8-of-15). They were 7-for-9 in the first half and 5-for-5 in the second quarter as Gay went 3-for-3.
Gay didn't score in the first quarter, but he handed out three assists as DeRozan scored 13 of his 14 first-half points in the opening period. Gay scored 13 in the second quarter.
Conley's 11 points and three assists paced the Grizzlies in the first half. The Raptors hit 16-of-20 free throws. The Grizzlies went to the line just seven times, making five free throws.
Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger picked up a technical foul when he complained about the free-throw attempt disparity.
NOTES: In a 110-104 double-overtime loss in Houston on Monday, Toronto put up 114 shots and had just 10 assists. According to basketball-reference.com, Toronto is the only team since the start of the 1985-86 season to attempt so many shots with so few assists in a game. Raptors coach Dwane Casey said they played one-on-one way too much. "We have to trust the pass," Casey said. ... On Wednesday, Raptors forward Rudy Gay played his first game in Memphis since he was traded to Toronto last January. "It wasn't my choice," Gay said of the trade. "Instead of me being bitter about it, just do what I can (for Toronto)." Gay is owed $37 million this year and next, but he can opt out after this season, and his name is already circulating in trade rumors. ... Memphis swingman Quincy Pondexter (broken nose) was out Wednesday.

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