Grizzlies maul star-less Cavaliers

Memphis Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol stealing a pass by Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith in the first quarter at FedExForum in Tennessee. The Spanish international posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, as hosts Memphis won 93-85.
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Memphis Grizzlies centre Marc Gasol stealing a pass by Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith in the first quarter at FedExForum in Tennessee.

The Spanish international posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, as hosts Memphis won 93-85.

The Cavaliers (18-6) played without their top stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving - all of whom were rested and did not make the trip.

Cleveland never led and trailed by 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Memphis (18-9) got a game-high 20 points from guard Troy Daniels off the bench and he hit four of eight three-pointers.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2016, with the headline 'Grizzlies maul star-less Cavaliers'. Print Edition | Subscribe