Gametime: Grizzlies at Hornets - Jan. 18, 2012
Final Score: Grizzlies 93, Hornets 87 - Jan. 18, 2012
Key Stat of the Night
The Hornets allowed the Grizzlies to shoot 49.3% (36-73) from the floor.
Marc Gasol tallied 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Grizzlies won 93-87 over the Hornets in New Orleans on Wednesday. Mike Conley had 18 points and 10 assists while Rudy Gay scored 12.
On the game:
“We got a bunch of stops and we executed. OJ [Mayo] got hot and made some big shots. We got a couple of offensive rebounds. They’re a tough team to play. You’ve got to respect them. As I told our team, this is the way we were four years ago. We weren’t winning a lot of games, but we were battling and trying to get better every day, regardless of win or loss, and that’s where they are now. You have to honor and respect that. I respect Monty for what he’s doing with the team that’s giving effort for the full forty-eight minutes. We just had to stay after it. We’d get up by 13, they’d make 2 or 3 shots, and the next thing you know it was back to 6 or back to 5. Down the stretch, our defense was good.”
On the first quarter:
“I liked our focus, our intensity and our discipline at the beginning of the game. I told our coaches that if we could battle that for forty-eight minutes, that would be what we’re trying to build to, where the guys that come in the game play the same way and with the same smartness. It’s difficult because we have a lot of new guys and a lot of young guys. The veterans that are here are starting to get it and figure it out, so it’s important that we do get off to a good start when we’re on the road.”
On the game:
“Another great win, we’re trying to build some consistency, I thought we did a good job of keying in on their offensive sets. We made some great plays down the stretch, they made a run and we were able to weather the storm. It was an overall team win, I liked our focus for the entire 48 minutes. We’re doing a good job of sharing the ball and we have the confidence to make the pass to the open guy, like coach said if you’re double teamed make the pass.”