Final: Grizzlies 108, Hornets 99 - Jan. 14, 2011
Key Stat of the Night
The Grizzlies became only the second team this season to surpass the 100-point mark against the Hornets.
Key Run of the Night
The Grizzlies went on a 15-2 run in the 2nd to retake the lead. Gay connected on a 3-pointer with 50.8 seconds remaining in the half, it was the game's first double-digit margin at 55-45.
Led scoring with 23 points.
Marc Gasol tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Grizzlies won 108-99 over the New Orleans Hornets at home on Saturday. Rudy Gay scored 23 while Mike Conley had 17 points and seven assists. Memphis is in action again on Monday when it hosts the Bulls.
On Marc Gasol being a leader:
“Marc has been just more vocal, more of a leader. He’s taking ownership of the team. Without Zach (Randolph) in there, he’s scoring more. He’s looking to take the ball to the basket or just take shots, period. He tries to play with Zach and give Zach the opportunities that he just plays second fiddle. Without Zach, he has stepped up.”
On Rudy Gay:
“Rudy has just played well. When you have an injury like that and you come back, taking the bumps and the banging and just getting in the mix, you don’t want to get out of control where you may put your arm in a bad position. That’s the thing you have to overcome as well, mentally. Shooting comes and goes and Rudy has been sharing the basketball and making plays for other people. Tonight, he had a big three, drove, got fouled and made a couple free throws. I just want him to play and utilize his array of talents. He’s not just a scorer. When he plays and tries to put numbers across the board, then we’re really good because he can make plays for other people.”
On Marc Gasol and the All-Star Game:
“Marc is deserving of having All-Star consideration, for sure. Whether it happens, I don’t know. He might think he needs a rest, but it’s a great honor to be on the All-Star team. He’s played to that level against everybody. He has been a warrior. I’ve tried to get him a day off from practice, and he still wants to get out there, shoot and do some things with the guys.”
On Greivis Vasquez:
“He played great. That’s one of those things where you’re happy to get the best of them. I talk to him all the time, and during the game there was just a little friendly trash talk for giggles.”
On Monday’s matchup with the Chicago Bulls:
“It’s going to be a great match-up for us, a great chance to get out there and bump and grind with those guys. They blew us out last year here and up there (on January 1). We just have to be focused and be ready to play and do what we can defensively.”
On pulling out the game in the stretch:
“We definitely went to a defensive lineup and got some key stops down the stretch. We just sustained our energy and defensive intensity throughout the end of the game.”
On the team picking up the defense:
“We had stretches last year where we were playing all-out defense and smuggling our opponents. We are definitely getting better. That will be the big test for us on Monday against Derrick Rose and the Bulls.”