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Hawks take down Memphis


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jamal Crawford scored 28 points, including fourth 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to help the Atlanta Hawks pull away from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 108-94 victory Tuesday night.

Crawford scored 14 points in the final period, and on 5 of 7 from 3-poin range in the game.

Josh Smith added 17 for the Hawks and Marvin Williams and Al Horford scored 15 each as Atlanta snapped a three-game road losing steak.

All-Star forward Zach Randolph had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Memphis, which enters the All-Star break on a four-game losing steak. Rudy Gay had 18 for the Grizzlies and O.J. Mayo finished with 16.

The Grizzlies, who rank sixth in the NBA in scoring, fizzled in the third quarter. Leading by two at the half, Memphis shot 37.5 percent in the quarter and fell behind by seven entering the final period.

Crawford, averaging 17.6 points per game coming off the bench, opened the fourth with a 3-pointer to give Atlanta an 85-75 lead and start a 20-7 run.

The Hawks eventually built a 22-point lead in the quarter.

Although the Grizzlies fell behind by five in the opening minutes, they recovered to lead 30-27 at the end of the first quarter.

Memphis increased its lead to 49-42 late in the second quarter before allowing the Hawks to go on an 11-4 run and tie the game at 53-all with 36.1 seconds left.

Marc Gasol's two free throws gave the Grizzlies a 55-53 halftime lead.

Memphis shot 76.5 percent in the first quarter and 59 percent in the first half. Thirty of the Grizzlies' first-half 55 points came in the paint.

NOTES: Randolph gave away 500 tickets to the game. They were distributed Tuesday morning and the supply was exhausted in 20 minutes . . . Grizzlies second-year forward Darrell Arthur was activated before the game and played for the first time after missing four months following surgery on a partially torn right pectoralis muscle. ... Atlanta shot 55.4 percent to boost its record to 16-1 when shooting 50 percent or better.