Notebook: Grizzlies 108, Kings 101



Posted Feb 13, 2013 12:29 AM

Marlon W. Morgan, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Memphis Grizzlies have found an unexpected source of offense lately. For the second time in three games, defensive specialist Tony Allen has scored a season high, this time tossing in 19 points to help lead the Grizzlies to their third straight victory, 108-101, over the Sacramento Kings at FedExForum Tuesday night. Allen also had eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot, as well as a memorable throw-down dunk.

QUOTABLE: "I think he's been real patient in picking and choosing when to be aggressive and when to try to find his shots. He's been aggressive getting to the rim and doing a good job of offensive rebounding and pushing the break."
-- Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley on Allen.

THE STAT: The Grizzlies entered the game as the NBA's stingiest team, allowing a league-best 90 ppg. A lot of that had to do with their play at home where no opponent this season had scored 100 points until the Kings hit the century mark on a Tyreke Evans' layup with 31 seconds left. The Grizzlies began the season holding their first 28 opponents at home under 100 points, the longest streak to start a season by an NBA team in the shot-clock era.

TURNING POINT: Sacramento used a 10-2 run midway through the third quarter to pull to within 68-67. But the Grizzlies quickly responded by closing out the period on a 16-6 run to lead 84-73 heading into the final period.

HOT: The Grizzlies three-game winning streak has coincided with the rediscovery of their offense. Over the last three games, the team is shooting .506 (118-233) from the floor, far above their season average of .440.

NOT: After scoring 10 or more points in nine straight games, which including three with more than 20, Grizzlies' backup guard Jerryd Bayless has scored a total of just 13 points in the last two games. Bayless had six points on 2 of 7 shooting against the Kings and is shooting just 36 percent in the last two games.

QUOTABLE II: "Definitely a lot more passing. They share the ball a lot better. They are a tough team to guard because it a threat at every position on the floor now, even in the second unit." Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins on the Grizzlies without Rudy Gay.

NOTABLE: Coupled with Denver's loss to Toronto Tuesday night, the Grizzlies will head into the All-Star break in fourth place in the Western Conference with a 33-18 record. They are a game ahead of the Nuggets, who fell to 33-20. The Nuggets to play at Brooklyn Wednesday, but a win would leave them percentage points behind the Grizzlies. ... Grizzlies center Marc Gasol finished with game highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds. He now had four double-doubles in his last six games. Mike Conley added 22 points to go with seven assists. ... The Kings were led by center DeMarcus Cousins, who had 23 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. Evans added 20 points and seven rebounds. ... The Grizzlies improve to 16-0 when scoring 100 or more points. ... The Grizzlies have had assists on over 62.5 percent of their made field goals since trading Rudy Gay and gaining Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis. Prior to the trade, the Grizzlies were ranked 25th in the NBA in assists-to field goals made (.568).

UP NEXT: For the Kings, Wednesday at Dallas, Feb. 19 vs. San Antonio, Feb. 22 at Atlanta. For the Grizzlies, Feb. 19 at Detroit, Feb. 20 at Toronto, Feb. 22 vs. Orlando.