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NBA: Utah Jazz collapse in third quarter, lose to Memphis
Fans look on during a moment of silence for the victims of the Connecticut school shootings before an NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Fans look on during a moment of silence for the victims of the Connecticut school shootings before an NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, left, looks on as Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, right, pulls down a rebound in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz point guard Earl Watson (11) reaches for the ball as Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams drives to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay, behind, looks on in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) shoots as Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) defends against Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25)  who drives to the basket in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Utah Jazz small forward DeMarre Carroll (3) and Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) go after a rebound in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins argues with a referee in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi (15), of Iran, defends against Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter (0), of Turkey, in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, and teammate forward Zach Randolph (50) defend against Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, center, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Salt Lake City. Grizzlies defeated the Jazz 99-86. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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“It wasn’t a great third quarter on our part,” Marvin Williams said. “They were down and they came out and played like they were down. Bottom line. It almost seemed like they wanted the game more than we did.”

After outscoring the Grizzlies 15-2 in transition in the first half, the Grizzlies won that battle 11-5 in the second half.

“Instead of cutting and moving around,” Foye said, “we were just standing around.”

In the end, the Grizzlies won every battle. They outrebounded the Jazz 48-35, outscored them in the paint, 50-35, and used 11 more offensive rebounds to attempt 11 more shots.

Corbin’s message to the team following the game was direct but, for the second-straight night, far from brief. The locker room door remaining firmly latched beyond the 10-minute cooling down period mandated by the NBA.

“[He was] just telling us that we’ve really got to stay in it the whole game,” Corbin said. “We always end up with big leads at half, that third quarter we just lose it, they just go. We’ve got to have a sense of urgency, man.”

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The Jazz have blown six halftime leads this season, nearly as many as they’ve managed to hang on to (eight).

“We’ve got to figure out what it takes,” Corbin said. “It’s 48 minutes. We’ve talked about it, we’ve gotten better at it, but the last two games we haven’t shown it.”

boram@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribjazz

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At a glance

In short Grizzlies 99, Jazz 86

The Jazz lose at home for only the second time this season, falling to 9-2 at EnergySolutions Arena.

» The Jazz play five of their next six games on the road, including a four game East Coast trip that starts Tuesday in Brooklyn.

» Grizzlies’ forward Zach Randolph leads all players with 26 points and 16 rebounds.


 
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