- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks just ignored the Memphis Grizzlies’ staggering list of injured players.

Paul Millsap scored 21 points, and the Hawks used balanced scoring to beat the depleted Grizzlies 95-83 on Saturday night.

Before the game, the Grizzlies said guard Mike Conley will miss at least three to four weeks with Achilles tendinitis in his left foot. Conley missed his fourth straight game.

The Grizzlies’ long list of injured players also includes centers Chris Andersen and Marc Gasol, forwards Zach Randolph and Brendan Wright and guard Vince Carter. The team waived Mario Chalmers after his season-ending Achilles injury on Wednesday night.

Thabo Sefolosha, who had his first double-double of the season, said the Hawks were wary of “thinking a few key players are out and it’s going to be an easy game.”

Added Sefolosha: “That’s the trap you don’t want to fall into.”

Memphis had yet another injury scare.

Lance Stephenson, who led Memphis with 18 points, had X-rays on his right wrist after the game. He said he fell on the wrist and did not think he had a serious injury.

“I’ll be all right,” said Stephenson, who also had eight rebounds and six assists.

Stephenson was coming off a career-high 33 points in an overtime win over New Orleans on Friday night.

Tony Allen had 15 points and nine rebounds for Memphis, which shot 35 percent (33 for 95) from the field.

“We’re challenged offensively right now,” Grizzlies coach David Joerger said. “Part of it is fatigue but most of it is that (the Hawks) are a really good team and we just struggled to get the ball in the hole.”

JaMychal Green and Matt Barnes each made only 2 of 13 shots.

Al Horford had 19 points and Jeff Teague scored 18 for Atlanta, which grabbed the lead by closing the first half with a 30-10 run.

Randolph missed his fourth straight game with a sore right knee. Carter was in uniform but did not play.

Briante Weber, who played 40 minutes in on Friday night in his first appearance after signing a 10-day contract, had two points in 31 minutes.

Memphis led 31-19 early in the second quarter before the Hawks stormed to a 49-41 advantage at the break.


Grizzlies: The team said Andersen, who dislocated his left shoulder in a loss to Phoenix on March 6, will continue to be evaluated. … Memphis had a 13-3 advantage in offensive rebounds in the first half and 20-8 for the game.

Hawks: Sefolosha had 13 points and 11 rebounds. … F Mike Scott returned with one point after being away from the team for one game for personal reasons.


Much of Atlanta’s closing surge in the first half came with an unusual lineup that included Kirk Hinrich, making only his third appearance since joining the Hawks in a trade on Feb. 18, and Kris Humphries. Hinrich logged 15 minutes - more than double his total for his two previous appearances.

Hinrich also played ahead of Dennis Schroder, the normal backup point guard, in the second half and had three assists.


Memphis signed guard Ray McCallum and center Alex Stepheson to 10-day contracts before the game. McCallum had 13 points. Stepheson had four points and six rebounds.

“They did a good job,” Joerger said. “They’re both trying to figure out what we’re doing.”

McCallum was waived by San Antonio on Feb. 29.

The 6-foot-10 Stepheson was an NBA Development League All-Star with Iowa this season, averaging 15.9 points, a league-high 13.8 rebounds and 1.35 blocks.


Grizzlies: Visit Houston on Monday.

Hawks: Host Pacers on Sunday.

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