MEMPHIS, Tenn. Flames Jerseys China . - The Memphis Grizzlies ratcheted up their defence to avoid a back-to-back sweep by the two best teams in the Eastern Conference. And, in the meantime, Memphis kept its spot in the Western Conference playoff race. Mike Conley scored 21 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the Grizzlies held the Indiana Pacers to their lowest output of the season in an 82-71 victory on Saturday night. Several Grizzlies players said it may have been their most complete game of the season. The victory came after Memphis lost 91-86 at Miami on Friday night. "It started from the defensive intensity, and it was consistent," Conley said. "On offence, we moved the ball well. We were efficient with it, but defensively, we really locked down and communicated." Mike Miller added 13 points as Memphis moved a game ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Marc Gasol, returning after spraining his ankle Friday night, had 10 points and nine rebounds. Lance Stephenson led the Pacers with 15 points and eight rebounds, while David West added 10 points, but was 5 of 15 from the field. Paul George, the Pacers leading scorer at 22.1 points per game, was held to eight points, missing eight of his 10 shots, and Indiana shot 37 per cent for the game. "We couldnt score at all," said Pacers centre Roy Hibbert, who was in foul trouble and ended the night with four points and no rebounds. "Thats the basic thing. I think we had a lot of contested 2s. Guys were trying, and they were playing hard, but for some reason, something was a little off." Indiana, which allows a league-low 35.4 points per game in the paint, surrendered 46 to Memphis, which also outrebounded Indiana 47-35. The Pacers only lead in the game came at 3-2. Gasol, who was treated for a Grade 1 left ankle sprain sustained in Fridays loss to the Heat, was a game-time decision. He was on medication and didnt warm up before the game. "I wanted to save every step I was going to take for the game," said Gasol, adding that the medication made it where he could barely feel his hands or face. "It definitely helped the purpose, and made it worth it because we won the game." Memphis, which built a double-digit lead in the first half, maintained the advantage through the third period as the Pacers seemed to be dragging. Through three periods, Indiana was still under 37 per cent, and George had been limited to only seven shots and six points. "Its the offensive end where we didnt play well," George said. "We didnt get into a rhythm. . If you hold a team to 82 points, you are playing pretty good defence." Memphis continued to maintain the double-digit lead, keeping the Pacers down 10 to 14 points through most of the fourth. "We were a little bit too indecisive and hesitant with the basketball," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "We had poor shooting nights from a number of guys." As was expected with two of the best defensive teams in the league, the first half was a low scoring affair despite Memphis shooting 46 per cent. The Pacers were at 32 per cent. That helped Memphis carry a 43-30 lead into the break as Miller connected on four of his first five shots in the second period, all of them from outside the arc, for all of his 13 points in the game. "If you take away Mike Millers 3s in the first half, this is a college score in terms of the game." West said. But the Grizzlies said the performance was important after a Miami game they thought they could have won. They also mentioned that it was an important confidence-builder for the stretch run. "We were in attack mode most of the night on both offence and defence," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "That is as complete of a win as we have had all season." NOTES: Pacers C Andrew Bynum remained inactive for the fourth game with swelling and soreness in his right knee. ...The previous low for points in a game for Indiana was 73 against Dallas on Feb. 12. ... Indianas three-game win streak against the Grizzlies was snapped. .Memphis has won nine straight at home. .The Pacers lost for only the second time this season when holding an opponent under 90 points. They were 26-1 entering the game. Calgary Flames Store . And follow TSN.ca right through Wednesdays 3pm et trade deadline for all the updates. Blue line help for Red Wings? In addition to what he reported in Insider Trading, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote on ESPN. Stitched Flames Jerseys . Their 9-19 record remains identical to the crosstown rivals in Brooklyn and trails both Toronto and Boston in the Atlantic Division. Raymond Felton, their declining point guard, is back on the sideline nursing his third injury of the season. CALGARY -- Jaynen Rissling scored two goals, including his second 2:37 into overtime, as the Calgary Hitmen edged the visiting Kootenay Ice 4-3 on Friday in Western Hockey League action. Greg Chase had a goal and an assist for the Hitmen (3-1-0), who have won three games in a row, while Brady Brassart scored once. Jaedon Descheneau led the Ice (2-2-1) by scoring twice and Jagger Dirk had the other. Mack Shields only had to make 14 saves for the win as Mackenzie Skapski stopped 28-of-32 shots in a losing cause. Calgary went 2 for 4 on the power play while Kootenay scored once on three chances with the man advantage. --- Wheat Kings 4 Giants 3 BRANDON, Man., -- John Quenneville and Richard Nejezchleb each scored twice as the Wheat Kings edged Vancouver. Ryan Pulock and Rihards Bukarts chipped in with two assists apiece for Brandon (4-2-0), which has won back-to-back contests. 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Carson Peereaux kept Prince Albert (5-1-0) from being blanked by scoring in the third period. Tristan Jarry made 17 saves for the win as Cole Cheveldave allowed four goals on 16 shots and was pulled after the first period. Nick McBridge stopped 35 shots in relief. --- Broncos 6 Pats 1 SWIFT CURRENT, Sask., -- Connor Sanvido had two goals and an assist to lead the Broncos over Regina. Julius Honka and Coda Gordon each had a goal and two assists for Swift Current (4-1-1) while Jay Merkley and Jake De Brusk had a goal and an assist apiece. Custom Calgary Flames Jerseys. Morgan Klimchuk scored the lone goal for the Pats (1-5-2), who have lost three straight contests. Eetu Laurikainen made 25 saves for the win as Dawson MacAuley took the loss after giving up three goals on eight shots in 14 minutes of play. Spencer Tremblay stopped 20 shots in relief. --- Thunderbirds 5 Tigers 4 (OT) MEDICINE HAT, Alta., -- Mitch Elliot scored 2:24 into overtime to lift Seattle over the Tigers. Seth Swenson led the Thunderbirds (4-2-0) with a goal and two assists while Justin Hickman and Mathew Barzal added single goals. Hunter Shinkaruk scored twice for Medicine Hat (4-2-0) and Gavin Broadhead and Miles Koules had the others. Curtis Valk chipped in with three assists. Danny Mumaugh made 33 saves for the win as Daniel Wapple stopped 36 shots in defeat. --- Blazers 4 Royals 3 KAMLOOPS, B.C., -- Tyson Ness scored twice as the Blazers slipped past Victoria. Aaron Macklin also scored for Kamloops (2-3-0) while Tim Bozons short-handed goal in the third period stood up as the winner. Joe Hicketts, Logan Nelson and Austin Carroll scored for the Royals (3-5-0) and Brandon Magee tacked on two assists. Bolton Pouliot made 30 saves for the victory. Patrik Polivka picked up the loss after giving up four goals on 23 shots. --- Rockets 6 Winterhawks 2 CRANBROOK, B.C., -- Nick Merkley and Myles Bell had two goals apiece as Kelowna beat Portland. Colton Heffley and Riley Stadel scored for the Rockets (4-0-1) while Tyson Baillie had three assists. Taylor Leier and Alex Schoenborn supplied the offence for the Winterhawks (3-2-1). Jordon Cooke earned the games first star and the victory by stopping 41 shots. Brendan Burke made 35 saves in a losing cause. --- Silvertips 2 Americans 0 EVERETT, Wash., -- Austin Lotz stopped 29 shots for his second-career shutout as the Silvertips blanked Tri-City. Jujhar Khaira and Carson Stadnyk scored for Everett (3-1-0) while Joshua Winquist assisted on both. Eric Comrie turned away 24 shots for the Americans (2-4-1) as leading scorer Brian Williams had his four-game point streak halted. ' ' '
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