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                 === Conley helps Memphis down New Orleans ===
 
 Memphis,  TN (Sports  Network)  - Mike  Conley led  seven  Memphis players  in
 double-figures  with 22 points to go along with eight assists and three steals
 as the Grizzlies downed the slumping New Orleans Hornets, 96-85, on Saturday.
 
 Tony  Allen registered  14  points,  six rebounds  and  four  assists for  the
 Grizzlies,  who have won  four straight and 12 of their last 13 games overall.
 Tayshaun  Prince and  Quincy Pondexter scored 13 points apiece in the victory,
 which was also the seventh straight at home.
 
 Anthony  Davis paced New Orleans with 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds,
 while  Ryan Anderson followed with 17 points and seven boards for the Hornets,
 who have lost three straight and eight of their last 10.
 
 "When any team plays in our paint, they can do whatever they want," Davis
 said, noting the physical play of the Grizzlies.
 
 Memphis led after one quarter, 25-19, though the Hornets tied the contest four
 minutes  into the  second as Davis had  a driving lay-in to make it 29-29. The
 rest of the second went back-and-forth, but Memphis took an 8-1 swing to close
 the  first half, as  Marc Gasol's jump-hook increased the lead to 47-41 at the
 break.
 
 The  Hornets opened  up the action in  the third quarter scoring the first six
 points to tie the game up, but that's the closest the contest would remain for
 some time.
 
 Memphis  ended up closing the third with a convincing, 31-13 surge, to take an
 18-point,  78-60 edge into the final quarter. Jerryd Bayless and Conley capped
 off  the action  with an  alley oop  and a  triple, respectively,  all in  the
 closing 30 seconds of the quarter.
 
 "I think our focus, coming out at halftime, understanding what we need to
 just, executing, has been phenomenal," Conley said.
 
 New Orleans seemed baffled and made just 6-of-22 shots in the third.
 
 Memphis'  lead  and clutch  third quarter  run proved  to be  too much for the
 visitors, who never got closer than 11 points the rest of the contest.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Grizzlies are 25-8 at home ... The Hornets played their first game without
 rookie  Austin Rivers, who  suffered a broken bone in his right hand in a loss
 to  the Lakers  on Wednesday  ... Gasol  and Bayless  each had  10 points  ...
 The  Hornets are 10-22  away from home ... Greivis Vasquez added 12 points and
 eight  assists in  defeat ...  Memphis starts  a four-game  western road  trek
 Tuesday at Portland.
 
 
 03/10 03:07:23 ET