In the first of their final five games en route to the playoffs, the Grizzlies came up huge against the Miami Heat, who have still not won in Memphis in the LeBron era. Zach Randolph finished with 25 points on 12-15 (!) shooting.

First Quarter

It was all offense in the first quarter, with both teams shooting in the 70% range from the floor. Miami went 6-7 from three-point land, but Zach Randolph was an unconscious 8-8 to start the game, including a dunk and a three-pointer (his second make of the year), and had 17 points after one. The Grizzlies closed out the quarter on a 15-9 run but trailed 32-31 going into the second.

Second Quarter

Zach stayed in just long enough to make it 9-9 before the bench took over. Miami stayed hot from three and the Grizzlies cooled off, allowing the Heat to inch away, but Memphis closed out strong again on an 8-2 run to make it a four point game at halftime, 58-54.

Third Quarter

The Grizzlies got away from Randolph's interior play in the third quarter and things got messy on the offensive end. LeBron James heated up in the quarter, hitting three threes (including an and-1) in quick succession, but the Grizzlies stayed within reach at 71-65. The defense locked down and Z-Bo and Courtney Lee continued to carry the offense, with Lee hit a running one-handed three at the end-of-quarter buzzer to tie the game at 78.