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The Grizzlies' youth movement is starting to show results.

Memphis won its fourth straight game yesterday, beating the visiting Miami Heat, 102-86. Rookie O.J. Mayo had 28 points, and Rudy Gay added 18.

"As long as we play together, open it up for each other making an extra pass, a screen to get your teammate open, then I feel it makes the game a lot easier for us," Mayo said.

Memphis' winning streak is its longest since winning the last five games of the 2005-06 season. Darko Milicic matched his season high with 13 points, and reserve Mike Conley had 12 for Memphis, which at times has started rookies, Mayo, Marc Gasol and Darrell Arthur. Eight of Memphis' 14 players are 23 or younger.

Memphis has scored at least 100 points in all four wins during the run, and has turned up the defensive pressure: Miami star Dwyane Wade was 5-for-16 from the field and the Heat shot only 36 percent.

Wade finished with 17 points in his second straight subpar game, after entering yesterday's game averaging a league-best 29.1 points. Wade shot 9-for-24 in the Heat's loss to Atlanta on Friday night.

Michael Beasley led Miami with 20 points, and Joel Anthony had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

In other games:

* At Toronto, David West scored 29 points, James Posey added 20, including six three-pointers, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Raptors, 99-91 for their eighth win in 10 games.

Rasual Butler had 16 points, and Chris Paul added 12 points and 12 assists for the Hornets, who shot 12-for-33 from beyond three-point range. New Orleans leads the NBA in three-point shooting.

Chris Bosh had 25 points and Jose Calderon scored 22 for Toronto, and also made his only free throw, his 59th consecutive, dating to last season.

Before the game, the Raptors added some depth, signing veteran center Jake Voskuhl.

Voskuhl, 31, has averaged 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 412 regular-season NBA games with Chicago, Phoenix, Charlotte and Milwaukee.

* At San Antonio, Tony Parker scored 22 points, and Tim Duncan had 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the Spurs win their seventh straight game, 109-104, over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Roger Mason had 14 for the Spurs. They combined to make five three-pointers in the first quarter when the San Antonio took a 21-point lead that they pushed to 26 in the second quarter.

Jeff Green led the Thunder (2-23) with 33 points, while Kevin Durant had 28.

* At Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had 26 points and five assists, and the Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 98-86.

The win was the 13th in the last 14 games for the Lakers, whose 20-3 record is the second-best in the NBA behind Boston's 22-2 mark.

Al Jefferson had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota. *