Notebook: Grizzlies 111, Pistons 108



Posted Nov 3, 2013 2:25 AM

By Jason Smith, for NBA.com

THE FACT: With the win over the Pistons, the Grizzlies have now won consecutive home openers for the first time in franchise history.

THE LEAD: Mike Conley scored 19 of his 22 points after halftime and Zach Randolph and Tony Allen added 16 apiece to help the Memphis Grizzlies rally from a six-point hole with 1:04 left in regulation and beat the Detroit Pistons 111-108 in overtime Friday at FedExForum. Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey each had 19 points to lead six Pistons in double figures.

QUOTABLE: "I could go another 32 - tomorrow."
-- Grizzlies guard Mike Miller, a 13-year veteran, on the 32 minutes he played off the bench. Miller finished with eight points, three assists and two rebounds.

THE STAT: Memphis' starters combined to go 27-of-48 (56.3 percent) from the field, including a pair of 7-of-12 shooting performances from Randolph and Conley. Conley had been a non-factor in the first half, going 1-of-4 from the floor and scoring three points.

TURNING POINT: Smith's 3-pointer gave Detroit a 94-88 lead with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter. But Conley made a pair of free throws, then Marc Gasol made back-to-back buckets, including a 3-point play, to send the game into overtime. Allen's layup with 1:33 left in overtime capped an 18-3 Memphis run after Smith's 3-pointer that put the Grizzlies ahead 106-97.

QUOTABLE II: "Shout-out to coach (Dave) Joerger. Great game plan. First win in the NBA. He did a great job of motivating us today. Also, we had (rap artist) Future in the building today, so we had to get a win, man."
-- Allen on Joerger getting his first win as head coach of the Grizzlies.

HOT: Detroit reserves Stuckey and rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined to go 12-of-20 from the field for 32 points, just two shy of the Grizzlies' entire bench output (34).

NOT: Coming off a 16-point effort in Detroit's season-opening win over Washington on Wednesday, Pistons guard Chauncey Billups went 1-of-7 from the field, including 1-of-5 from 3-point range, and scored just five points.

NOTABLE: The Grizzlies' win dropped Detroit to 0-19 in its last 19 road games against Western Conference opponents. The Pistons' last win against a Western Conference opponent on the road came against Sacramento in March 2012.

UP NEXT: For the Pistons, Sunday vs. Boston, Tuesday vs. Indiana, Friday vs. Oklahoma City. For the Grizzlies, Saturday @ Dallas, Monday vs. Boston, Wednesday vs. New Orleans.