MEMPHIS (ABC4 Sports) - The streak of 120-point games ended at four for the Utah Jazz, but this team proved it can win in a variety of ways.
Ricky Rubio had 29 points and eight rebounds, Rodney Hood scored 18 and the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 92-88 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory.
Utah's latest win was hardly indicative of its recent play on offense. During the streak, the Jazz had averaged almost 118 points and 52 percent shooting. They made only 42 percent of their shots against Memphis.
"This shows a lot of growth," Hood said. "We've been playing really well offensively in this win streak. Tonight was a grind it out game. They were really physical and created some turnovers, but we gutted it out."
"I'm feeling good," said Rubio, who is averaging 20.7 points per game during the win streak. "I worked hard for this moment. I had a tough time adjusting to a new team, with a lot of players in and out. But I think finally I got it to click and I'm feeling good."
Andrew Harrison led the Grizzlies with a career-high 23 points, and Marc Gasol scored 20. JaMychal Green and Dillon Brooks added 11 apiece as Memphis lost its fifth straight.
Utah led by 11 in the fourth quarter, but Memphis cut it to 80-74 midway through the period. Utah never let Memphis get any closer. Mario Chalmers made a 3-pointer as the horn sounded for the final margin.
After a ragged first half, the Jazz held a 44-39 lead at the break. Both teams had committed 11 turnovers by halftime, and neither was shooting above 40 percent.
Rubio had 16 points at the half, while Gasol scored 13 for Memphis.
Utah maintained a 68-63 lead entering the fourth, as both teams continued to struggle from the field.
Both teams ended the night shooting 42 percent. The Jazz committed 20 turnovers, while Memphis had 16.
The Jazz have now won six games in a row on the road.
"Coming off the fourth game of a road trip, I thought we looked a little fatigued," head coach Quin Snyder said. "Sometimes that shows itself on offense, and really, we were able to play through that and still defend. That's what won us the game."
The Jazz next host Charlotte Friday night.
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