Grizzlies' defense handles Bulls

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CHICAGO — Marc Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies used their stout defense to beat the Chicago Bulls 85-77 on Friday night.

Memphis forward Mike Miller blocks the shot of Chicago's D.J. Augustin during the first half. Miller had 14 points as the Grizzlies closed out a three-game road trip with a win.  CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Memphis forward Mike Miller blocks the shot of Chicago's D.J. Augustin during the first half. Miller had 14 points as the Grizzlies closed out a three-game road trip with a win.

Mike Miller made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points as the Grizzlies closed out a three-game road trip with their third victory in four games. Zach Randolph added 10 points and 11 rebounds after missing Memphis’ previous game with the flu.

The Grizzlies shut out the Bulls after Taj Gibson’s layup trimmed Memphis’ lead to 81-77 with 3:15 to go. Mike Conley made two free throws and Gasol had a layup to help Memphis secure the win.

Gasol missed the Grizzlies’ 95-91 loss to the Bulls in Memphis on Dec. 30 because of a sprained left knee. But the league’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year wnet 8 for 16 from the field and helping hold Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer in check on defense.

Gibson had 18 points for Chicago, which had won 10 of 12. Playing with a sprained right thumb, Noah finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, but also had six of the Bulls’ 13 turnovers.

The visit by Memphis (35-26) presented a look in the mirror for Chicago (34-28). Heading into the weekend, the Bulls were the NBA’s second-best defensive team at 92.3 points per game, followed by the Grizzlies at 95.2. Memphis was averaging 95.7 points, good for 25th in the 30-team NBA, with Chicago last in the league at 93.3 per game.

BOBCATS: Al Jefferson scored 28 points, Kemba Walker had 20 points and 14 assists, and Charlotte defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-92 for its sixth consecutive win at home.

BUCKS: O.J. Mayo was ejected from Friday night’s game against New Orleans.

The ejection came late in the first quarter, after Mayo collided with Pelicans center Greg Stiemsma, then appeared to shove or hit Stiemsma in the chest with a flailing arm. Pelicans coach Monty Williams raced onto the court to restrain Stiemsma, pulling the center back toward the bench.

• Forward Ersan Ilyasova was suspended one game without pay for punching Sacramento forward Reggie Evans in the stomach.

The punch happened in the fourth quarter of Milwaukee’s 116-102 loss to the Kings on Wednesday when the two players became entangled while battling for rebounding position.


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