Notebook: Grizzlies 99, Jazz 86



Posted Dec 16, 2012 12:36 AM

By Andrew Aragon, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Memphis Grizzlies got back to playing their style of basketball -- and it helped them end a season-high three-game losing skid.

The Grizzlies returned to playing rugged defense and pounding the ball inside to Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol in a 99-86 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. Randolph had 25 points and 16 rebounds, while Gasol added 16 points and eight boards. Memphis held Utah to 25.7 percent shooting in the second half. The Grizzlies had lost nine straight in Utah dating back to January of 2007.

Al Jefferson scored a team-high 21 points for Utah, but was largely ineffective in the second half. Paul Millsap had 12 points and four rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "Our best players made their mind up that they were going to give the effort it takes to win and that effort got us to 14-3 before we came on this road trip. I thought we made some great hustle plays. "
-- Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins

THE STAT: Memphis pounded the offensive glass and it helped it overcome a 10-point halftime deficit. The Grizzlies had 18 offensive boards on 47 chances, which helped lead to 12 second-chance points and 50 points in the paint. The Jazz, by comparison, had just seven offensive rebounds. Randolph had five of the offensive boards, while seldom-used Hamed Haddadi collected four offensive rebounds.

TURNING POINT: The Grizzlies dominated the third quarter, and a 10-0 run midway through it put them in control. A jumper by Tony Allen gave Memphis the lead at 63-61, its first advantage since 19-18 in the first quarter. Gasol accounted for six points during the spurt, capping it with an 18-foot jumper to put the Grizzlies ahead 65-61 with 3:58 left in the third quarter. Utah didn't get any closer the rest of the way.

HOT: Memphis' big boys, Randolph and Gasol, put on their big-boy sneakers in the second half. Randolph had a double-double in the second half alone with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Gasol was hampered by foul trouble in the first half. He had the same amount of points (three) as fouls and had no shot attempts before halftime. But he played like an All-Star in the second half, with 13 of his points and seven rebounds.

NOT: Utah's production at point guard was abysmal. Starter Mo Williams had seven points on 3-for-9 shooting. Jamaal Tinsley got all of the backup minutes as Earl Watson stayed on the bench after playing 17 minutes in Phoenix on Friday night. Tinsley did not take advantage of the opportunity, shooting 1-for-8 while dishing three assists in 16 minutes. He had three points and one turnover.

QUOTABLE II: "It was frustrating. It was hard to look at us play so well so early in the season and the last week or so play so bad. For us to come in here and get a win in a very tough atmosphere and very tough place says a lot about our way of handling adversity. This is a huge win for us."
-- Grizzlies guard Mike Conley

GOOD MOVE: What adjustments did Memphis make to decrease Utah's shooting percentage from 56.4 percent in the first half to 25.7 percent in the second half? None, according to Hollins. None when it comes to X's and O's, anyway. The Grizzlies just played with greater effort, improved their communication and got back on defense. The Jazz had 15 fast-break points in the first half, but just five in the second half.

BAD MOVE: The Jazz didn't adjust to Memphis' defense or match their opponents' intensity during a dreadful third quarter. Utah did the same thing over and over -- dumped the ball into the post and took contested shots. The Jazz's offense was stagnant -- and ugly. They shot 15 percent (3-for-20) in the third quarter, and scored three points in the last six minutes of the period. Utah scored a season-low 10 points in the third quarter.

NOTABLE: Memphis reserve Darrell Arthur sat out after suffering a mild concussion against Denver on Friday night. Haddadi played for the Grizzlies for the first time since Nov. 28 and had eight rebounds in 12 minutes. Utah fell to 9-2 at home this season. Rudy Gay had a solid second half for Memphis, scoring 10 of his 14 points. Conley had 12 points and eight assists and made some great hustle plays in the second half. Jazz reserve center Enes Kanter shot 4-for-4 and scored 10 points in the first half. Utah played its third game in four nights.

UP NEXT: For the Grizzlies, Monday vs. Chicago, Wednesday vs. Milwaukee, Friday vs. Dallas. For the Jazz, Tuesday @ Brooklyn, Wednesday @ Indiana, Saturday @ Miami.