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Grizzlies use balanced attack to beat Bucks

Mar 15, 2015 - 6:07 AM Memphis, TN ( - Courtney Lee scored 17 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks by a 96-83 margin on Saturday night.

Zach Randolph and Jeff Green each had 15 points for the Grizzlies, who snapped a brief two-game skid. Beno Udrih tallied 14 points and Marc Gasol added 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

"We put together a better game than we have in the past," Gasol said of the performance.

Giannis Antetokounmpo ended with 19 points and six rebounds for the Bucks, who have lost eight in a row on the road. Khris Middleton and Zaza Pachulia contributed 17 and 14 points, respectively.

"We've been struggling a little bit, defensively getting stops," said Bucks coach Jason Kidd.

Milwaukee was without Michael Carter-Williams (ankle), Jared Dudley (back spasms) and Jerryd Bayless (ankle). Tyler Ennis made his first NBA start and finished with seven points and 11 assists.

Trailing 14-4, Memphis ended the first quarter on an 18-6 run to take a two- point lead.

The Grizzlies then started the second on a 7-1 spurt to make it a 29-21 contest. Memphis led by as many as 13 in the period before taking a 49-42 edge into the locker room.

Ahead 63-58, the Grizzlies ended the third stanza on a 15-3 run. Lee and Randolph both tallied six points during the surge to make it 78-61.

Memphis led by as many as 19 in the fourth.

Game Notes

Memphis has beaten Milwaukee four straight times at home ... Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (ankle) missed his second straight game ... Memphis shot 47.4 percent from the floor and went 8-of-14 from beyond the arc ... Ersan Ilyasova had 12 points for the Bucks.