Mourning overwhelms Memphis down stretch

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Alonzo Mourning was dominant on defense
through the first three quarters. In the fourth period, he took
over on offense.

Mourning scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and
finished with six blocked shots as the Miami Heat beat the Memphis
Grizzlies 93-88 Saturday night.

"The guy has a lot of courage out there after he was exhausted
(in Friday's 83-74 loss to Toronto)," Miami coach Pat Riley said.
"We are pushing him and the team pretty hard right now. He played
with a lot of courage."

Jim Jackson also scored 18 points for the Heat, who won for the
fifth time in six games. Rod Strickland added 17 points and Eddie
Jones scored 16.

Jason Williams led the Grizzlies with 19 points. Shane Battier
scored all 17 of his points in the second half, and Lorenzen Wright
and Pau Gasol each had 14 points. Wright finished with 16 rebounds,
and Gasol had 11 for Memphis, which has lost nine of 10.

Memphis cut a 12-point deficit to two points but failed to
score for almost three minutes late in the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies, behind the play of Williams and Battier, scored
nine straight points and closed within 79-77 with five minutes
left. Williams and Battier made consecutive 3-pointers, and
Battier, who had 12 points in the fourth, added another 3 in the

Then, Mourning took over for the Heat. He scored eight of
Miami's 10 points and gave the Heat a lead they never relinquished.

"We wanted to get the ball to Alonzo Mourning down low because
when he is as aggressive as he was, you have to give it to him,"
said Heat forward Brian Grant.

Miami weathered one last comeback try by the Grizzlies as
Battier hit a 3-pointer and made three free throws.

"As long as we win, I don't care if it's close," Mourning
said. "I have been doing this for 10 years. I just want to go out
and play. I do what I can to help the team. I just want to
contribute and hope my effort is not in vain."

Jackson scored 16 points and helped Miami to a 45-40 lead by the

Williams scored 11 and Gasol added 10 in the first half for

The Grizzlies, coming off a game in which they shot 60 percent,
missed numerous inside chances against the Heat and shot 45 percent
in the first half.

Gasol missed a dunk and Wright missed eight of his first 10
shots. The pair combined to shoot 13-for-37 in the game.

"I missed some of the shots because I just missed, and missed
some because of the calls," Gasol said.

Battier described Miami's defense as "pretty physical."

"There was a lot of holding, grabbing and hacking going down,"
Battier said. "We played better, but it was a struggle to shoot
the ball."

Memphis opened the second half with an 11-4 run and took its
first lead at 51-49.

Miami countered with a 17-3 run, extending its lead to double
figures. The Heat led 71-61 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Game notes
Eddie Jones made a 3-pointer in the first quarter, the 32nd
straight game he has made a shot from beyond the arc. He was
2-for-4 from long range. ... Memphis, which shot 60 percent it
Thursday's 122-111 victory over the Pacers, shot 39 percent
Saturday night. ... The Heat have won the second of back-to-back
games eight straight times. ...Heat reserve guard Anthony Carter
entered the game having committed only three turnovers in his last
four games. Carter had two turnovers Saturday night. ...The teams
split the season series. Memphis won 91-86 at Miami on Dec. 28. ...
The Heat, the league leader in scoring defense allowing 88.3 points
per game, has kept opponents under 100 in 55 of 61 games this


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