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Final: Lakers 90, Grizzlies 82 - Jan. 8, 2012

Rudy Gay
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Rudy Gay led the team with 19 points but the Grizzlies lost 90-82 to the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Marreese Speights came of the bench to score 17 while Mike Conley had 11 points and eight assists. Memphis hosts the Thunder on Tuesday.


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They said...

Coach Lionel Hollins

On the game

“Well that was one of the things I said before the game is that we didn’t want to get into a hole. We wanted to jump on them first, we didn’t and we were down whatever we were down in the first quarter…nine points, they took it to ten at half time. We outscored them by two in the second half so that’s important when you go on the road.”

On a strong first quarter by the Lakers

“Kobe came out really sharp, had a lot of shots and once we started competing with them and being aggressive, we turned them over, we got outrun. We competed and played hard but they won the game in the first quarter.”

On the size of the Lakers players

“They’re tall. We don’t have one of our best post-up players. You know we’re fishing in who we can go with and even when we go in to the post with Rudy they got another extra big that’s running at him so it was difficult. When they went with one big versus the other on the bench, they stuggled with us. When they have both bigs in the game, that’s when they control the game.”

On the effect of the Lakers shooting and rebounding had on the Grizzlies

“It was a little bit of both. They had thirteen or fourteen offensive rebounds so they hurt us on that side. That’s their bad shooting but they got them back. I said we had to be even on the boards or hold our own on the boards and then we had to get off to a good start and we did neither.”

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins on tonight’s match-ups

“Obviously Kobe is a tough match up because we don’t have anybody of his size and quickness to guard him consistently.”

Tony Allen

On the Lakers scoring runs

“It seemed like once we made a run, they would come back and make a run. It’s like we would never respond. Once we can get over that, we’ll be a better team.”

On defending Kobe Bryant

“Obviously you exert a lot of energy. I was trying to make it tough for him. Kobe is Kobe. At the end of the day, they played better as a team. They outworked us. For us to be a better team, we have to do a better job collectively as a team.”