MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- O.J. Mayo scored 18 points, including two key free throws with a second left, and the Memphis Grizzlies overcame an early 17-point deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 108-105 on Friday night.
Memphis took the lead with seven unanswered points late in the game and held on to snap a four-game skid. The Pacers lost for the third time in their last four.
Hakim Warrick paced the Grizzlies with 21 points off the bench, and Darko Milicic scored a season-high 14. Rudy Gay finished with 13 points and Mike Conley had 12. Mayo added a career-high seven assists.
Marquis Daniels led the Pacers with a season-high 28 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter as Indiana tried to stay close. Danny Granger scored 26 points before hitting the court hard with 10:08 to play and going to the locker room with a concussion. He did not return.
Roy Hibbert had 15 points, hitting all seven of his shots before getting into foul trouble.
Memphis might have held a bigger lead if not for its free-throw shooting. The Grizzlies shot 24-of-40 from the line, but 6-for-9 in the fourth.
The Grizzlies trailed 101-99 with 4 minutes left, then went on a 7-0 run. Marc Gasol scored baskets on both ends of the surge, with a three-point play from Warrick in the middle.
That gave Memphis a 106-101 lead, its biggest of the game, which it never relinquished. Two free throws by Mayo made it 108-105, and Travis Diener's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer was way off the mark.
Indiana's inside strength was evident early as the Pacers built a 17-point advantage in the first half. Initially, Hibbert was getting free for easy baskets, partly because Milicic, who was guarding the rookie out of Georgetown, was slowed by a left ankle injury. The Pacers outrebounded the Grizzlies in the first quarter, almost grabbing as many offensive rebounds as Memphis had total.
By the time Rasho Nesterovic (14 points) got free for a dunk with about 10 minutes left in the half, the boos from the sparse crowd built into frustration at Memphis' poor defense.
In addition, the Grizzlies hurt themselves by missing eight of their first 11 free throws.
Hibbert hit his first six shots. The only thing that slowed him was picking up his third foul.
Granger's 20 first-half points, plus 13 each from Hibbert and Daniels, allowed the Pacers to carry a 68-59 lead into halftime. It was the most points the Grizzlies had allowed in the first half this season.
Milicic became more active in the second half before going to the locker room with an injury that turned out to be a broken fourth knuckle on his right hand.
Memphis steadily cut into Indiana's lead, then erased it in the third period. A pair of free throws by Brandon Rush gave the Pacers an 87-86 edge heading into the fourth.
Grizzlies officials said G Steve Francis, obtained Christmas Eve in a trade with Houston, passed the bulk of his physical, but the deal is not expected to be completed until next week. Pacers G T.J. Ford sat out with back spasms. Jarrett Jack started in his place. Troy Murphy, who missed four games with a viral infection, and Daniels, who missed three games with the same ailment, were back in the starting lineup. Murphy reportedly lost about 20 pounds during his recovery. The previous high for points allowed by Memphis in the first half was 60 by the New York Knicks on Nov. 12.