Conley, Gay lead Grizzlies over Rockets, 93-83

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Conley scored 21 points, and Rudy Gay added 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 93-83 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

Conley scored seven points in the final 2:26 after the Rockets had trimmed what had been a 15-point lead in the third quarter to 84-79 on Kyle Lowry's steal and layup with three minutes left.

Conley answered with a 3-pointer following a scramble for a loose ball under the Grizzlies basket for an 87-79 advantage.

Lowry led the Rockets with 24 points and Courtney Lee scored 13.

The Grizzlies built a 52-43 halftime lead behind Gay, who had 12 of his 16 first-half points in the second quarter. Memphis led by 11 on two occasions in second quarter, the first on a 3-pointer by Conley from the left wing with 1:17 to go and again at 52-41 following a three-point play by Marc Gasol with 39 seconds left.

Gasol had 18 points and seven rebounds.

Memphis opened the second half on a 10-4 run to go up by 15.

The Grizzlies shot 52 percent in the first half and starters Conley, Gay, Gasol, Tony Allen and Marreese Speights combined to go 21 of 31 (68 percent).

Notes: Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph has been cleared to begin non-contact drills and may return to the lineup by early March, according to team officials. Randolph tore his right medial collateral ligament Jan. 1 in a game against the Bulls in Chicago. ... The Rockets' Kevin Martin entered the game averaging 25.8 points during his career against the Grizzlies, third in the league behind Kevin Durant (28.0) and LeBron James (27.7). Martin was held scoreless.