Zach Randolph was too much for the Jazz
Vintage Zach Randolph was on display Saturday night for the Memphis Grizzlies (28-21).The star turned bench role player had a blast from the past night scoring 28 points to go with 9 rebounds on 13 for 20 shooting.After the Utah Jazz (30-19) started to tighten up on Randolph, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley started to contribute.
“We really did a good job of moving the basketball tonight and really playing off one another, especially when one guy has it going,” Conley said. “We didn’t go away from that. Z-Bo had so many opportunities down low early. We just kept trying to exploit that as long as we could. Then when they took that away, we went to Marc. Then when they took that away, we went to me.
Mike Conley finished with 23 points and Marc Gasol tacked on 18.
The Utah Jazz had a rough night shooting, with just 26.3 percent from the field in the second quarter and never led in the second half.
“We did some things that weren’t intelligent that made it harder on ourselves,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about Randolph and Gasol. “We just weren’t disciplined. We come double-team when they hadn’t dribbled the ball. But there’s a reason you’re trying to help, they’re as good as they are.
“Those three guys were terrific tonight. They were men. … They were really, really good. … We were not a good defensive team tonight. If we’re going to play defense like that, we’re not going to win many games.”
The Grizzlies visit the Phoenix Suns(15-32) on Monday.
The Jazz face first-time All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks(21-26) on