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In honor of James’ visit, here is a look back at five of the most mem­o­rable games be­tween LeBron and the Griz­zlies over the years.

1. Rudy Gay’s buzzer-beater over LeBron – Nov. 20, 2010

James is 19-9 all-time against the Griz­zlies, but ar­guably his most mem­o­rable loss in Mem­phis came as the Griz­zlies were mired in a five-game los­ing streak early in the 2010-11 sea­son.

Gay passed to Marc Ga­sol on a sidein­bounds play with 5.5 sec­onds left. Ga­sol passed back to Gay, who was guarded by James. Gay drib­bled around the arc and el­e­vated for a con­tested jumper at the buzzer.

He drilled it, lift­ing the Griz­zlies to a 97-95 win.

"I stayed on (Gay's) hip the whole time," James said. "I used my length to con­test his shot. Give him credit. He made a big shot."

The win sparked a three-game win­ning streak that helped Mem­phis turn its sea­son around on the way to a 46-36 record and a play­off ap­pear­ance fol­low­ing a four-year post­sea­son drought.

It was a team ef­fort for the Griz­zlies, who had six play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures af­ter O.J. Mayo and Zach Ran­dolph were pulled from the start­ing lineup for be­ing late to the morn­ing shootaround.

Cur­rent Griz­zlies as­sis­tant Jerry Stack­house started for the Heat that night, scor­ing two points in 19 min­utes

Mi­ami went on the NBA Fi­nals, where it lost to the Mav­er­icks in six games.

2. Griz­zlies roar back from 24 down – Nov. 29, 2003

Play­ing short­handed with­out key play­ers Loren­zen Wright and Ja­son Wil­liams, the Griz­zlies trailed 35-14 at the end of the first quar­ter and by as many as 24 points in the sec­ond.

But Stro­mile Swift, Mike Miller, Shane Bat­tier and Pau Ga­sol each con­tributed be­tween 19 and 37 points as the Griz­zlies roared back to beat James and the Cava­liers 122-115 in dou­ble-over­time in Cleve­land.

"We're a team that never says the game is over," then-Griz­zlies coach Hu­bie Brown said. "I'm proud of our char­ac­ter."

3. Weird Griz­zlies lineup stuns LeBron in Cleve­land – March 7, 2016

The Griz­zlies dressed eight play­ers and won 106-103 with a start­ing lineup of Mario Chalmers, Tony Allen, P.J. Hairston, JaMy­chal Green and Ryan Hollins.

In his first game back af­ter miss­ing eight con­tests due to knee sore­ness, Allen scored a team-high 26 points to lead the Griz­zlies.

Stars Kyrie Irv­ing (27) and James (28) each scored more than Allen, but it wasn’t enough for the Cava­liers.

“This is big-time for us,” said Vince Carter, who scored 15 points off the bench for the Griz­zlies. “The one thing we said to the young guys was just play hard and we’ll see what hap­pens.”

5. LeBron goes for 51 – Jan. 15, 2008

James racked up 51 points on 18of-28 shoot­ing in a 132-124, Cava­liers over­time vic­tory at FedExFo­rum

Mem­phis coun­tered with 30 points from Rudy Gay, 26 from Juan Car­los Navarro and a then-ca­reer high 20 from rookie point guard Mike Con­ley.

“LeBron James ran out of bul­lets at the end of the fourth quar­ter,” for­mer Com­mer­cial Ap­peal Griz­zlies beat writer Ron­ald Tillery wrote. “He reloaded in over­time - even us­ing a sling­shot at times to weaken the Griz­zlies.”

James hit 6-of-12 shots from be­yond the arc in the game.

Reach Griz­zlies beat writer David Cobb at [email protected]­mer­cialap­peal.com or on Twit­ter @DavidWCobb.

NIKKI BOERT­MAN, AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Cleve­land Cava­liers' LeBron James grabs a pass while de­fended by Mem­phis Griz­zlies' Mike Miller on Jan. 15, 2008, in Mem­phis, Tenn. James scored 51 points in the Cava­liers' 132-124 over­time win.

For­mer Cleve­land Cava­liers LeBron James drives against Mem­phis Griz­zlies' Dil­lon Brooks on Dec. 2, 2017.

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