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Rudy Gay's buzzer-beater over LeBron James lifts Grizzlies past Heat
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Rudy Gay hit a fadeaway jumper over LeBron James at the buzzer, and the Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Dwyane Wade's absence to beat the Miami Heat 97-95 on Saturday night and snap a five-game losing streak.
James tied it for the 12th time, dunking off Eddie House's steal of Gay with 5.5 seconds left. Gay came back with the winning 13-foot jumper in front of the Heat bench. Officials reviewed the shot, then ruled it beat the clock.
Wade sprained his left wrist Friday night. Udonis Haslem went down with 1:25 left in the third quarter and had to be carried off the floor to the locker room with a sprained left foot. X-rays were negative, and he will be re-evaluated Sunday.
James finished with 29 points and 11 assists, and House had a season-high 20 as the Heat lost for the first time in four games. Chris Bosh also had 20.
Miami last led after James' three-point play made it 90-87 with 3:09 left. Conley hit a long jumper as the Grizzlies reeled off eight straight points, capped by Gay's layup with 38.5 seconds left.
Bosh responded by hitting a 3, then House stole the ball from Gay for the tying dunk.
The Grizzlies won despite Memphis coach Lionel Hollins benching starters Zach Randolph and O.J. Mayo for a quarter as punishment for being a couple minutes late to the pregame shootaround.
Darrell Arthur and rookie Xavier Henry started in their place, and Arthur had 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter as the Grizzlies took the lead from the opening bucket and were up as much as 11.
Randolph led Memphis with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Mike Conley had 16 points, Gay 15, and Marc Gasol 11.
Wade's fever that had him questionable Friday night broke. Coach Erik Spoelstra sat him because the guard hurt his left wrist during Friday night's 95-87 win over Charlotte back in Miami, even though his X-rays were negative as well. It's the first game Wade has missed since a calf injury kept him out of three games in February.
The Heat opened by missing their first five shots and were just 7 of 21 in the first quarter as Memphis lead 26-17 and 43-39 at halftime.
Randolph had only two points and one rebound in the first half. Mayo entered the game with 10:13 left in the second quarter. It took both quite a while to get going before the Grizzlies' second sellout crowd this season.
James, booed heavily at times, spent much of the first half distributing the ball to his teammates. He had almost as many assists (seven) as points (10). He tied it for the second time at 43 with a three-point play in the third quarter, and the Heat didn't lead until James hit two free throws with 6:49 left in the third at 53-52.
The teams wound up swapping the lead 20 times in the second half with 11 ties.
The Heat are 40-64 without Wade and 270-213 with him. ... Jerry Stackhouse started for the first time since Nov. 1, 2008, when he was with Dallas against Minnesota. ... Mayo snapped a streak of 177 consecutive starts, which was behind only the Lakers' Derek Fisher (304) and Luis Scola of Houston (215). ... This was the earliest Memphis has had two sellouts since the 2005-06 season. ... Heat forward Juwan Howard, who broke his nose Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns, did not play against Charlotte on Friday. But he got into the game in the third. ... Former NFL receiver Isaac Bruce helped shoot T-shirts into the crowd during a timeout in the fourth quarter.
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