Final: Grizzlies 90, Timberwolves 86 - Jan. 4, 2012
Key Stat of the Night
Memphis made its free throws down the stretch, going 12-for-13 from the line in the fourth quarter.
Player of the Game
Grizzlies win in Minnesota
Rudy Gay tallied 19 points and eight rebounds as the Grizzlies held off a late surge by the Timberwolves 90-86 in Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Tony Allen led the way with 20 points while O.J. Mayo came off the bench to score 14. The Grizzlies record stands at 3-3. Watch highlights.
Coach Lionel Hollins
"We had the lead at halftime and they came out with a lot of energy and we played tired. I told them 'We can't play tired, we have to keep battling and being mentally tough.' We rose up in the fourth quarter, we made a lot of big stops, got rebounds, steals. In fact, we had 13 steals tonight. We forced 17 turnovers and had 23 points off of those turnovers, so we were getting those easy buckets. We had some guys that were running on fumes and we just kept battling and hung in there. We made our free throws, which was huge. We were 21 for 25 and they were 13 for 24, and to me that was the difference. They shot 7 for 21 from three point range and we had the same amount of field goals made. Free throws were the difference today. We held our own on the boards, Kevin Love is a great rebounder but we also held our own."
"That's the way you have to play all the time. I think our mindset has been family. We go out there with one for all, all for one playing for each other. We're starting to grow in that area already. We were starting to grow before Zach got hurt, and we're starting to get that chemistry back that we had last year."
On Sam Young:
"Sam played four in college. He's really a strong, physical guy and we were able to just hold our own. Love is a great player and he's having a great year. We just battled him as best we could."
On 48 points in the paint without Randolph:
"That's the way we play. You saw us shoot out there, come on. We're an attack-the-basket kind of team. I'm really proud of our bench. We had 31 from our bench and everybody that played contributed. Then Tony Allen was huge through the course of the game and we come out of here with a win against a team that's really improved. Rick Adelman has done a great job and the fans here in Minnesota have a right to be excited. Their team is on the rise."
On stepping up without Randolph:
"It's a great sign. It's very promising when you lose a guy like Zach and have guys step up. Tony played great tonight and the rest of the guys coming off the bench I thought did a great job coming in with energy. We just have to keep building off this win and getting better."
"OJ played great. He did exactly what we wanted him to -- go out there, be a difference maker. He was making shots, he was doing things defensively and being aggressive. As long as he's aggressive, he's a tough player to stop."
On winning on the road
" You're on the road and you're trying to get that first road win-- it seemed a little tougher, but we did a great job. Our focus was terrific right down the stretch and we could have got better but it was enough for us to get the win tonight"