Memphis, TN (Sporting Alert, Box Score) — Zach Randolph took over in the third quarter to finish with 25 points and 19 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ended the Utah Jazz season with a 86-70 win on Wednesday night.
Grizzlies (56-26), which ended the regular season with a franchise record of 56 wins, also got 14 points and five assists from point guard Mike Conley at the FedExForum.
Al Jefferson ended with 22 points and 16 rebounds to lead Utah (43-39), but got no support from his teammates as the visitors finished with a season low 32.1 percent shooting from the field on 25-for-78.
Derrick Favors finished with 11 rebounds and four points in the defeat for the Jazz, which needed to win to stay alive for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Jazz only scored 13 points in the third quarter.
“We are disappointed, of course, because we lost the game and didn’t get a chance to make the postseason,” a disappointed Jefferson said on NBA.com.
“But overall, the whole season, I think everybody should keep their heads up because we should be proud of ourselves.
“Many times this season we had the chance to tuck it in and give up, but we kept fighting to put ourselves in the position to get into the playoffs.”
Meanwhile, Darrell Arthur had 11 points and Ed Davis pulled down nine rebounds for Memphis, which face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoff this weekend.
Memphis guard Tony Allen speaks about the team’s playoff matchup series against the LA Clippers.
He admitted, “They’ve been a pain in our butts, but we’ve just got to go out there and worry about us, play hard, value every possession, play in and out basketball and stick to the things that got us to this point.”