The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Chicago Bulls 85-77 on Friday night behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Marc Gasol.
Memphis (35-26) has now won seven of its last 10 games while the Bulls (34-28) have lost two of their last three.
After scoring just 35 points during a sluggish first half, the Grizzlies exploded for 30 points in the third quarter and took control in the fourth quarter as they limited the Bulls to a meager 38 second-half points (including just 14 in the fourth).
Mike Miller added 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting (4-of-5 from three) while Kosta Koufos tallied 12 points (6-of-8 shooting) and six rebounds (four offensive) in 19 minutes off the pine.
Zach Randolph recorded a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win, as well.
As has been the case this season, Joakim Noah acted as the dominant force for the Bulls, scoring 15 points to go with eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks. However, Noah did turn the ball over a game-high six times.
Taj Gibson scored a team-high 18 points on on 9-of-16 shooting off the bench while D.J. Augustin managed 14 points and three dimes in 30 minutes. Augustin also recorded a team-worst plus-minus rating of minus-15 in the loss.
Next up for the Bulls is a showdown with the Miami Heat on Sunday while the Grizzlies are primed to square off against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.
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