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Final: Grizzlies 91, Warriors 90 - Jan. 23, 2012

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Key Stats of the Night

The Grizzlies scored 39 fourth-quarter points in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies scored 10 second-chance points and 16 fast-break points in the fourth quarter.

Key Run of the Night

The Grizzlies had been all but left for dead after trailing 63-43 with 3:23 left in the third quarter, and the Warriors still held a 17-point advantage with 7:11 remaining. But when Conley drained a 3-pointer -- just the second of the evening for Memphis, which struggled mightily behind the arc at 2-for-13 -- to get within single digits at 78-69, the momentum had swept up fully behind the Grizzlies.

Player Notes

Marc Gasol

NBA Western Conference Player of the Month Marc Gasol put up has 10th double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies built their longest winning streak in six seasons with a flurry of fast starts. They kept it going with one of the best finishes in franchise history.

Maybe now coach Lionel Hollins' team will be taken seriously.

Rudy Gay scored 23 points, three in the final 23 seconds, and the surging Grizzlies rallied from 20 points down in the second half to beat the Golden State Warriors 91-90 on Monday night.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On his team’s fourth quarter comeback:

“We finally found a lineup that could match up with them. We played Rudy [Gay] at four and both Marc [Gasol] and [Marreese] Speights at the five. We went with our small players and we were able to match up a little better. Our pick-and-roll defense kept getting better. They tried to post up a few times and we were able to thwart that. We started getting steals and you could see the tide turning. We didn’t always score, but we started getting steals. We started getting deflections and the next thing you know we started getting scores on offense. We scored 39 points in the fourth quarter and held them to 22 points. It was a big win for us. We were dead in the water in the first half because we had no answers. They were making threes, driving and doing everything. I just told the team at halftime: ‘The way that we get back into the game is to attack the basket and touch them on defense. We just can’t let them run around and let them do what they want to do. We don’t play that way.’” I had to give kudos to Tony Allen because he was instrumental. We don’t quit, we fight. We are going to be warriors and we did that and we were able to come back and get this win which is a sweet win.”

On overcoming adversity in the second half:

“I told the players during one of the timeouts that, ‘We’re having adversity. We’re not making any shots and we don’t know what to do.’” This is where you’ve got to dig down, show what you’re made of and start scratching and clawing. It took us a while to get that mindset. I thought at one point that we would start making shots and we didn’t. We had to start battling and just bumping and grinding and the next thing you know we started making shots.”

On Mike Conley:

“Mike has been superb for us this year. He has been the director and he got us into stuff. He made a couple of nice passes; he got to the basket and made some layups. We're playing really well as a group. We’re starting to find who we are and what our identity is.”

Mike Conley

On the fourth quarter:

“I think we started getting a couple of stops in a row. I think we started creating turnovers and getting out in transition. We’re a transition team and for us to get some easy buckets and see the ball go in the hoop when it was a tough night for all of us to get the ball in the hoop – we just got some good stops during some key points in the game.”

On what spurred the comeback:

“It was all effort. We came out dead. We came out with no energy, no enthusiasm. I think we just needed a jump start somehow. We needed somebody to do it and I think Tony [Allen] really kicked it off for us playing great defense on Monta [Ellis] and causing a lot of havoc and like I said, we got out in transition and finished in transition.”

Tony Allen

On his team’s fourth quarter performance:

“We packed it in on the drive and forced those guys to shoot those long shots. I think once we started closing out to the perimeter hard we were able to stunt and get our timing, maybe get a deflection that led to a steal. Just plays like that…knowing their offensive sets and just trying to execute on the offensive end. I think Rudy [Gay] was big down the stretch. It was just a collective effort. Mike Conley did a great job finding guys – he had nine assists tonight. It was just a collective effort from everybody.”

On his team’s effort:

“I saw the effort that we were giving. A lot of us were giving the energy and effort but we just weren’t playing smart. As soon as we locked in on defense and pushed the ball ahead and started playing more of our game, then I think that’s what cut the lead down in the fourth. But we weathered that storm and that’s what it’s all about just hanging our hats on the defensive end and getting out and running.”