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Tony Allen's 'grit, grind' spark Grizzlies

Updated: May 8, 2011, 7:37 AM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tony Allen sat at his locker, deflecting all the credit to his teammates and his coaching staff and anyone else he could think of.

But this game was all Allen and provided a microcosm of the Grizzlies' season -- an improbable renaissance fueled by Allen's relentless defensive energy and his teammates' relentless physicality and toughness.

That may not be apparent from the box score, since he had only 10 points and shot 6-of-10 from the line. But Memphis' ...

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