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Grizzlies avenge loss to Hawks

Revenge came in five days.

The Grizzlies led by as many as 18 points for a 103-91 victory over the Hawks Thursday at Philips Arena. The Hawks never trailed in a victory over the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday.

The Hawks (37-31) lost their second straight game, both after the win in Memphis. The loss also snapped a three-game win streak against the Grizzlies.

Inside the box score: Grizzlies 103, Hawks 91

Tim Hardaway Jr. led six Hawks in double figures with 18 points. Kent Bazemore (16), Taurean Prince (16), Paul Millsap (10), Dwight Howard (10) and Dennis Schroder (10) were the other double-digit scorers. Howard had a double-double with 11 rebounds.

The Grizzlies (38-30) won their third straight game, all since the loss to the Hawks. Mike Conley led five Grizzlies in double-digit scoring with a game-high 22 points. Marc Gasol had a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Grizzlies took control of the game in the third quarter as the Hawks’ offense was dreadful. The Hawks scored just 13 points, a low for any third quarter this season, as they were 3 of 17 from the field and 0 of 7 from 3-point range. Good thing they were 7 of 9 from the free-throw line. The Grizzlies, by stark contrast, made 10 of 23 field goal attempts and led by as many as 18 points. The Grizzlies started the third quarter on a 13-4 run to take control.

The Hawks used a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter to cut their deficit to 10 points, 88-78, with 6:28 remaining. They also got within 10 points with 4:15 remaining but the Grizzlies went on a 7-2 run to regain full control.

The Grizzlies took a 55-52 lead into intermission in a back-and-forth first half. Gasol led the Grizzlies with 14 points through two quarters. The effort came after he scored just eight points in the loss to the Hawks last week in Memphis.

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