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  • December 12, 2018
    NEW YORK, N. [b]Jerome Robinson Jersey[/b] .Y. - Even with Lionel Hollins gone, the Memphis Grizzlies will always be more force than finesse as long as Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are around to overpower opponents.Adding Jeff Green gives them a chance to be both.Randolph had 20 points and 14 rebounds and the Grizzlies beat the slumping Brooklyn Nets 103-92 on Wednesday night in their first matchup against their former coach.It was good to beat him, honestly, Gasol said. I know how competitive he is and he knows how competitive I am.Hollins new team dropped its seventh straight since it was 16-16 after winning its first game of 2015.Theyre a very good defensive team, a very good rebounding team and thats why theyre one of the best teams in the league, Hollins said.Gasol and Courtney Lee added 18 points apiece for the Grizzlies (27-11), who began working newly acquired Green into one of the Western Conferences top teams. Green finished with 10 points in 26 1/2 minutes off the bench in his first game since his arrival from Boston.Were never going to be a small-ball team, but we do have to be able to match up small ball with all the teams in the West, Memphis coach Dave Joerger said.Mason Plumlee had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, playing without the suspended Kevin Garnett and still without the injured Deron Williams.That left Hollins without nearly enough experience against a veteran team that enjoyed its best success under him but might be on its way to even greater heights under Joerger, his former assistant.Hollins went 214-201 with the Grizzlies franchise and his last three teams made the playoffs, but he was let go after a 56-26 finish and a trip to the Western Conference finals in 2012-13 when ownership was looking for a change.It was different going against your old coach, Randolph said. Been through a lot, made history together, did stuff together in Memphis, turned the franchise around, so it was nice to see him out there.The Grizzlies are much more versatile offensively under Joerger than Hollins rugged defensive clubs, and they got another scoring option when they acquired Green from Boston in a three-team deal with New Orleans. It wasnt approved by the league until Monday, leaving Green just one workout with Memphis, so Joerger wanted to ease him in.Averaging a career-best 17.6 points, Green was 3 of 11, missing all four 3-point attempts, but sees how he can be a perfect fit in Memphis.I mean, Im surrounded by threats, the 6-foot-9 forward said. Its a great feeling to have. Coach just wants me to go out there and just play my game and just be aggressive.Garnett was suspended by the NBA for head-butting Houstons Dwight Howard on Monday, and Williams is still unsure when he will return from fractured rib cartilage. The Nets still are in playoff position in the Eastern Conference, but that may not last much longer if they cant end this skid soon.Maybe weve maxed out, I dont know, Hollins said before the game, but thats what were striving for.Lee scored 15 points in the first quarter, going 6 for 7 and making all three 3-pointers, and Memphis led by as much as 19 in the second half.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Memphis snapped a three-game road losing streak. ... The Grizzlies are 19-2 when scoring 100 points. ... Randolph is 20 rebounds from passing Pau Gasol (4,096) for the franchise lead in rebounds.Nets: Hollins held a morning shootaround Wednesday, which the Nets havent been doing for home games. They worked out at their training facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but Hollins said hed like to do it at the arena in hopes it could improve the Nets shooting at home. Just trying to think of things to help us be better, he said.THE INSIDE STORYThe Grizzlies were 3 for 17 from 3-point range — 0 for 13 not counting Lee. But with 66 points in the paint, outside shooting was secondary.Thats what we do, Randolph said. We play inside-out.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Visit Orlando on Friday night.Nets: Visit Washington on Friday night. [b]Custom Clippers Jerseys[/b] . 25 against Miami. Hillis left Browns Stadium about two hours before kickoff, a decision that has led to speculation he was upset over ongoing negotiations with the club on a contract extension. [b]Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Jersey[/b] . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night.BALTIMORE -- Every once in a while, Chris Davis conjures memories of last season by effortlessly launching a baseball far over the outfield wall. Davis interrupted his frustrating season with such a moment Saturday, hitting a two-run homer off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to carry the Baltimore Orioles past the skidding Toronto Blue Jays 3-2. Davis batted .286 with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs last year. This season, hes at .228 with 11 long balls and 33 RBIs. His work ethic, however, remains the same. "Theres no change in my approach. Ive been doing everything I can to try to get back to feeling good in the box," Davis said. "I felt the last couple of days Ive started to click a little bit. Didnt have a lot to show for it." Davis ended an 0-for-9 drought with a drive that put the Orioles up 3-1 in the fifth. "Big home run for the team in the situation, and the individual," teammate Adam Jones said. "Hes been grinding it out." Orioles starter Bud Norris (6-5) gave up one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to win his third straight start. The right-hander extended an impressive run by Orioles starters, who have allowed two runs or fewer in 13 of the last 16 games. "Were all out there to help each other and get better," Norris said. "Right now were kind of cruising." After Toronto closed to 3-2 in the eighth, Zach Britton got three outs for his seventh save. Brett Lawrie had two hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of eight. The AL East leaders have scored only six runs in those six defeats. "I thought we had pretty good ABs for the most part," catcher Josh Thole said. "Its tough when youre not getting guys in." Dickey (6-5) left with right groin tightness after allowing three runs, two earned, and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. It was the first time this season hes taken a loss when permitting as few as three runs. Dickey felt a twinge after getting Manny Machado out, then left after taking a practice pitch. "I didnt want to jeopardize my next start," Dickey said. "I was probably out of the game after that next batter, anyway. I decided it was probably in everybodys best interest to just call it a day." Toronto nearly got Dickey off the hook. [b]Montrezl Harrell Jersey[/b]. In the seventh, Orioles reliever Darren ODay retired Melky Cabrera on a grounder with two outs and two on. One inning later, Jose Bautista was thrown out in a very close play at the plate while trying to score on a double by Edwin Encarnacion. Left fielder Nelson Cruz retrieved the ball and threw to shortstop J.J. Hardy, who fired the relay to catcher Nick Hundley. "The big play in the game was obviously the relay throw," Davis said. "That was a big hit for Encarnacion and a chance for them to get back into the game and get really good momentum in their dugout." Lawrie followed with an RBI single. The Blue Jays stranded nine and went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position. "This has been a tough run here so we need to hopefully regroup," Thole said. "Were playing behind every night." With the score 1-all in the fifth, Jones hit a grounder to third. The throw by Juan Francisco bounced past first base, and Jones lightly pushed umpire Hunter Wendelstedt while rounding the bag. The umpire toppled backward onto the infield dirt but was not hurt. Davis followed by hitting a 1-0 pitch over the centre field wall and into the Baltimore bullpen. "We got burned by the home run ball," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. Earlier, Dickey got into trouble in the first inning when Nick Markakis led off with an infield hit and Machado doubled. But Jones, Davis and Cruz followed with popups. In the Toronto second, Norris hit Lawrie with a pitch before walking Thole with the bases loaded. Baltimore tied it in the fourth when Hundley delivered a sacrifice fly following singles by Delmon Young and Ryan Flaherty. NOTES: Toronto DH Adam Lind left with a bruised right foot. ... The Blue Jays activated RHP Sergio Santos (right elbow) from the DL and optioned OF Darin Mastroianni to Triple-A Buffalo. Santos was needed in the bullpen after LHP Brett Cecil left Fridays game with groin tightness. Cecil will rest for a few days before being reevaluated. ... Jones went 0 for 3 against Dickey and is 3 for 22 lifetime against the knuckleballer. ... Toronto is 34-17 when hitting a HR and 6-13 without one. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseyscheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '