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Nets rally from 13-point 2nd half deficit to win

By Tom Canavan

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 26 2011 8:01 p.m. MST

NEWARK, N.J. — Devin Harris scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and the New Jersey Nets rallied to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-88 Wednesday night.

O.J. Mayo missed a tying 3-point attempt with about 3 seconds left and New Jersey's Brook Lopez iced the game with two free throws, capping a 17-point performance.

Anthony Morrow had 19 points and Kris Humphries and Sasha Vujacic added 14 points apiece as the Nets closed out a 4-1 homestand that began with owner Mikhail Prokhorov halting trade talks with Denver for Carmelo Anthony.

Rudy Gay had 22 points for Memphis, and Zach Randolph added 20 points and 16 rebounds in posting his career-high 12th consecutive double-double.

Memphis had its chances to grab a road win. Gay missed a 3 with roughly 50 seconds to play after Mike Conley had two straight baskets to help the Grizzlies close to 88-85.

Vujacic missed a leaner on the Nets' next possession and Randolph's layup with 25.3 seconds left made it a one-point game.

Harris hit two free throws with 10.6 seconds to go and, after Gay went 1 for 2 from the line, Vujacic left the door open by making only 1 of 2 foul shots with 7.3 seconds left.

But Mayo's 3 was off and Lopez finished off the Grizzlies at the line.

After giving up 53 points in the first half, New Jersey held Memphis to 35 in the final 24 minutes while ending the Grizzlies' three-game winning streak and preventing them from reaching the .500 mark for the first time since eight games into the season.

New Jersey took the lead for good with a 22-7 spurt that bridged the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth.

Humphries hit two baskets and got an offensive rebound to set up a 3-pointer by Jordan Farmar in a seven-point run to end the quarter and New Jersey got 3-pointers from Travis Outlaw, Vujacic and Harris in the opening minutes of the fourth.

Harris' long-range heave as the shot clock went off tied it at 75 with 6:59 to play and his drive down the lane gave New Jersey the lead.

After Conley made 1 of 2 free throws — Memphis missed five foul shots in the final quarter — Lopez hit consecutive baskets and Morrow made a 3-pointer in a 7-1 spurt that pushed the lead to 84-77.

The Grizzlies got off to a nice start, hitting 13 of 21 shots from the field in the opening quarter and holding the Nets to seven baskets while taking a 32-16 lead.

NOTES: The Grizzlies are 2-1 on their four-game road trip. After this trip, they won't play more than two consecutive games away from home the rest of the season. ... New Jersey's reserves outscored their counterparts 56-12.

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