Conley, Gasol take charge as Grizzlies overcome Hawks late rally to stretch win run to three
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 22 points and 12 assists. AP

THE Memphis Grizzlies banked on their defense and all-around outings from Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Jamychal Green to grind out a 103-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks at the Philips Arena on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

The Grizzlies turned up the defense while Tony Allen led the attack in a 23-8 run in the third quarter that sparked the blowout after a tight first half.

Memphis extended the lead to 19 early in the fourth before Atlanta cut the gap to 10, 94-84, with 4:11 to play. But the Grizzlies preserved the win with a 9-3 finishing kick for their third straight victory.

Conley led the Grizzlies (39-30) with a double-double of 22 points and 12 assists. Gasol had a triple-double with 18 markers, 10 rebounds and 10 dimes, while Green also finished with a double-double of 14 points and 12 boards.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points off the bench to lead the Hawks (37-31), while Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince scored 16 apiece.

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