Gasol, Grizzlies down 76ers
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Marc Gasol totaled 21 points and 10 rebounds, Mike Miller scored 19 points off the bench and the Memphis Grizzlies picked up a crucial win over the Philadelphia 76ers, 117-95, on Friday.
Tony Allen had 15 points for Memphis, which matched a franchise record set last season with its 13th straight home win. Zach Randolph posted 10 points, 11 boards and four assists.
The Grizzlies moved within a half-game of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They trail the idle Mavericks and Suns, who are currently in action against San Antonio.
Memphis has three games remaining, including one with both Phoenix and Dallas to close out the regular season.
Thaddeus Young and Tony Wroten netted 18 points apiece for the Sixers, who have dropped three straight.
Gasol made his first five shots from the floor, adding a free throw for 11 first quarter points. The Grizzlies led by as many as nine in the period and took a 30-24 margin into the second.
Miller matched Gasol's first quarter output in the second, netting 11 points on a perfect 3-of-3 from tha arc. The Sixers hung around, however, and trailed by just 10, 57-47, at halftime.
Memphis finished the third on a 20-5 run, highlighted by Gasol's second 3- point basket of the season with 3.5 seconds left. That made it 87-64, and the hosts rolled the rest of the way.
The Sixers never led.
Memphis outrebounded Philadelphia, 49-36 ... All 13 Grizzlies players scored at least two points ... Mike Conley had eight assists for Memphis ... Elliot Williams scored 13 points off Philadelphia's bench.
04/11 22:45:20 ET