Notebook: Grizzlies 103, Rockets 94



Posted Mar 29, 2013 11:35 PM

Marlon W. Morgan, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: The Memphis Grizzlies finally got All-Star forward Zach Randolph back on track. Going to their big man early and often, Randolph scored 11 of his 21 points in the opening quarter as the Grizzlies snapped their two-game slide with a 103-94 win over the Houston Rockets in front of a sellout crowd of 18.119 at FedExForum Friday night. Randolph also had a game-high 12 rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "I just had to come out and be myself. That's what I tried to do, get post position, get easy baskets and get rebounds."
-- Zach Randolph

THE STAT: Randolph topped the 20-point mark for the first time since scoring 22 against Dallas on Feb. 22. It was just his second 20-point performance since the All-Star break. Randolph had 10 such performances before the All-Star break.

TURNING POINT: The Grizzlies led just 48-47 with just under four minutes remaining in the first half before a tip-in by Randolph ignited a 13-6 run to end the half, giving the Grizzlies a 61-53 lead. From there, the Rockets never got closer than eight points as the Grizzlies led by as many as 17.

HOT: The Rockets has no answer for the Grizzlies offense as all five starters, along with backup guard Jerryd Bayless, scored in double figures. Center Marc Gasol picked up where Randolph left off in the second half, scoring 12 of his 21 points, while Tony Allen had 16 and Mike Conley 15. The Grizzlies shot 50.6 percent from the floor, scoring 56 points in the paint. They are now 14-1 when shooting 50 percent or better.

NOT: It was an off-night for the Houston backcourt of James Harden and Jeremy Lin. Harden was just 3-for-9 from the floor for seven points, while Lin was 3-for-9 for eight points. For Harden, it was just his second single-digit game of the season, the other coming when he had six against Utah on Nov. 19. Harden entered the game fifth in the NBA with a 26.2 average.

QUOTABLE II: "The Grizzlies took entire control of the tempo. When they played us earlier in the season, we had control of the tempo. We took away their first options on offense. However, they still had open cutters and had open 3-point shots. That is an example of a team that has been playing together, a team that is well-disciplined and well-coached."
-- Jeremy Lin

NOTABLE: Houston forwards Donatas Motiejunas and Chandler Parsons were responsible for keeping the Rockets close in the first half. Both players led the Rockets with 16 points with Chandler going 3-for-5 form 3-point range and Motiejunas making 2-for-3. ... The Grizzlies announced their third consecutive sellout crowd. They last time they had three straight packed houses was during the 2004-05 season, which were the first three games ever played in FedExForum. The Grizzlies are now 5-0 this season in front of home sellout crowds. ... The Grizzlies have won 11 in a row at home, tying the second-longest home winning streak in franchise history. ... The Rockets entered the game second in the league in scoring at 106.1 ppg.

UP NEXT: For the Rockets, Saturday vs. L.A. Clippers, Monday vs. Orlando, Wednesday at Sacramento. For the Grizzlies, Saturday at Minnesota, Monday vs. San Antonio, Wednesday at Portland.