Grizzlies overcome slow start to defeat Cavaliers

Grizzlies overcome slow start to defeat Cavaliers
November 26, 2012, 10:30 pm
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao (17), of Brazil, tries to get an offensive rebound over Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 19 points each and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a lethargic performance to escape with an 84-78 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.

Rudy Gay scored 15 points, and Quincy Pondexter had 10 points, including 2 of 3 from outside the arc as Memphis won its second straight and maintained its position with the best record in the NBA.

Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters scored 15 each to lead Cleveland, Varejao grabbing 22 rebounds, including eight offensive board. Daniel Gibson scored 11 for the Cavs, who lost their third straight and ninth in the last 10.

The Cavaliers still held the lead with 8:28 left, but Memphis closed the game on a 13-4 run, part of the Grizzlies outscoring Cleveland 22-9.