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Recap: Grizzlies 94, Knicks 83 - Jan. 12, 2012

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Key Run of the Night

With New York forward Amar'e Stoudemire on the bench after picking up two fouls less than two minutes into the game, the Grizzlies capitalized on a 10-0 run midway through the quarter to take a double-digit lead that they managed to maintain throughout most of the game.

Player Notes

Mike Conley

In so many words, Mike Conley told Gay to go out and shut up his critics. Gay did that with his best game of the season. He made 11 of his first 14 shots, but it was his all-around play that helped the Grizzlies. Gay also contributed with five rebounds, a pair of assists, a blocked shot on Tyson Chandler and a steal.

Rudy Gay had a season-high 26 points as the Grizzlies snapped a three-game skid with a 94-83 victory over the New York Knicks at home on Thursday. O.J. Mayo came off the bench to score as season-high 18 points while Marc Gasol had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Game Info | Box Score | Discuss

 

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Coach Lionel Hollins

On the Grizzlies’ intensity:
“I thought that the team carried over what we did yesterday and what we did this morning in practice into the game tonight. Our intensity, our focus, our discipline were really good on both ends of the court. We just kept getting steals. We had nine deflections in the first quarter and had 15 in the third quarter for a total of 28 deflections, which just shows our intensity level. We started out great and came out in the third quarter and got right back up again. We had three stops in a row 13 times. At one point, we had nine stops in a row. We were getting the ball and getting out and running. I’m looking at the fast break numbers and we had 19 fast break points, I thought we had more. We were getting out and really attacking. We could have made even more shots, I mean layups. We played a pretty strong game. Obviously, they had a back-to-back, but it’s nice to come out and see us. Hopefully we will build on this and keep going forward.”

On Tony Allen:
“He was good. He was anticipating. He was really focused. He was more disciplined. He wasn’t running all over the court and just gambling. He was sitting in the right spots and got steals. I thought our whole team was focused defensively.

On Rudy Gay:
“I just told Rudy Gay, ‘that’s the best I’ve seen you play overall.’ Forget making shots. The last time we were in here, people asked about his play and he didn’t make his shots, so you thought he played poorly. The shots notwithstanding, it was his defense, his rebounding and his passing. He was just doing everything you could ask him to do, especially with someone with that kind of versatile talent.”

On Josh Selby:
“(Jeremy Pargo) wasn’t playing very well and he wasn’t getting into the offense and wasn’t guarding the ball. I just thought that we lost three in a row; why not make a change somewhere? Selby came in and played really well in the first half. If he is with the right group, because he is young and has a lot to learn, he is okay. He needed to play with more starters than subs. They will control things for him and lead him around. He did a nice job. He just needs to try to notch it up a little bit until he plays himself back to the bench.”

On O.J. Mayo:
“He’s been shooting the ball very well. He did it a little bit in spurts on the road, but he wasn’t consistent. Since we’ve been home, he’s shot the ball extremely well. The one thing I am learning about Juice is that he has to play freely. He can’t think about when to shoot and when not to shoot. He took some horrible shots, but he made them. That’s the way he plays. You have to give him a little more freedom, especially when he is making shots. If it was a close game and he took a couple of shots he might have been yanked. I have to give him a little more leeway because that’s who he is. He played extremely well. He was aggressive. I told him to stay out of crowd and look for good shots. Don’t worry about trying to attack the basket, just keep taking shots.”

Rudy Gay

On ending the losing streak:
“We came out with a sense of urgency. We knew we needed this game. We couldn’t extend that losing streak. Everybody came out with the mentality we had to win this game.”

On the game changing when Carmelo Anthony left the game:
“We played great defense on him. We played great defense on Amar’e (Stoudemire) too. We played an all around good game.”

On making a statement:
“I think we did, not just me. I think we did. It is about us. We are still a good team and we want to show that night in and night out.”

Tony Allen

On the win:
“We got a chance to win one and we took advantage. That is what it takes--playing hard and playing together.”

On his play:
“You have got to be a pest. I want to be active as much as I can defensively, and anything else that comes is a plus. This was a team effort. It was bigger than Tony Allen. It was about the Grizzlies. We have gotten that losing streak off our back. Now we can move forward and look forward to the next game.”

On the team being aggressive:
“That defined us last year. We just try to build on the defensive end first, and everything else will come offensively with the great sets that Coach Hollins draws. At the end of the day, we got a win. We look forward to this weekend and another win against New Orleans. We are just going to pull ahead and take it one game at a time.”

On how to win against the Hornets:
“We have got to have great focus for 48 minutes and play the right way. We have to move the ball, take open shots when you are open, attack the basket, and play hard for eight minutes.”

O.J. Mayo

On his play:
“I just wanted to be aggressive. I was pretty mad at myself after the Oklahoma City game. I felt really good as far as shooting the ball but I took poor shots, and we lost. I felt like I didn’t give it all I had, and we lost. I wanted to come out today and be aggressive.”

On the sense of urgency to get this win:
“It is a short season. Losing streaks aren’t good in short seasons. We definitely want to get back to where we were last year in the playoffs and get a second chance to win a championship. We ended that losing streak tonight, and we just need to keep going.”

On the team’s confidence after the win:
“It is just one win. We have to build on it now. We definitely stopped the losing streak and we want to build on it.”