Grizzlies overcome slow start to beat Bulls

Grizzlies overcome slow start to beat Bulls
December 17, 2012, 10:54 pm
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Chicago Bulls' Marco Belinelli (8) shoots in front of Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Johnston)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Mike Conley had 17 points, Zach Randolph added 10 points and 15 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a poor start to beat the Chicago Bulls 80-71 on Monday night.

Conley was 6 of 12 from the field and had four assists. Rudy Gay had 12 points for Memphis but shot 5 of 13, continuing his slump. Wayne Ellington scored all 11 of his points in the second quarter, when the Grizzlies reserves provided a lift after Memphis shot poorly in the first period.

Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Marco Belinelli finished with 13 points. Luol Deng and Joakim Noah had 11 points apiece for the Bulls, but Deng was 4 of 17 from the field.

Both teams shot just better than 37 percent. But Memphis was 6 of 11 from 3-point range compared to the Bulls hitting only 2 of 11 long-range shots. The Memphis frontline of Gay, Randolph and Marc Gasol were a combined 10 of 34, while the Bulls starting frontline of Deng, Boozer and Noah made 16 of 42.