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Final: Grizzlies 98, Pistons 81 - Jan. 20, 2012

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Rudy Gay scored 24 points and the streaking Memphis Grizzlies held off a second-half rally by Detroit to beat the Pistons 98-81 on Friday night. The Grizzlies, who have won five straight, led by 23 in the third quarter before the Pistons fought back. Detroit cut the deficit to six in the fourth, but Memphis pulled away after that.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the game:

“We had stretch there in third quarter where we quit guarding. We gave up 35 points in the third quarter. The start of the fourth quarter we came back out and started guarding and I think we gave up 16 points in the fourth quarter and got our lead back. We had to work hard. I wished we could have maintained that 20-point lead so that we could have rested some guys for tomorrow night. We got to do whatever it takes to get a win; we did and we'll worry about tomorrow night when it gets here.”

On finishing the game:

“We came out and executed. We really executed down the stretch. We got five or six shots in a row. They took one of their bigs out and I was able to play Rudy (Gay) at the four. We had Marc (Gasol), Rudy, and then I had Tony who could guard Brandon Knight. He did a great job on him and got three or four deflections and a couple steals. After starting the game we had our scorers on the court but we also had our defensive players on the court at the same time.”

On Mike Conley:

“Mike has been superb for us this year. He has been the director and he got us into stuff. He made a couple of nice passes; he got to the basket and made some layups. We're playing really well as a group. We’re starting to find who we are and what our identity is.”

Marc Gasol

On the game:

“We played better. We still can get a lot better. To get those minutes longer and we all feel that way. So we just try to get better every game.”

On jumping on team early:

“We've been doing that but we always give up the lead at the beginning of the third quarter and all the teams come back and cut it to single digits. So we got to do better than that. We know tough teams; we can't allow them to do that.”

On closing strong:

“That shows some metal toughness. If we didn’t have that problem to begin with we would be okay. We’re getting better and that’s one thing we do a lot better is playing defense right now.”

On playing one game at a time:

“That’s been our mentality for the past three-and-a-half years and that’s going to be for however long it goes.”

Tony Allen

On O.J. Mayo:

“He obviously knows his role. He comes in; he has to be the microwave. He has to be that guy that comes in and gives us energy offensively. He knows me and him are tied together and as long we as we’re on the same page we have that great team spirit. I think he's a great piece. Its funny that sometimes during practice he says I'm putting so much focus on my defense I'm missing my shots. As soon as he thinks about offense and try to put it together and let the game come to him, he'll blossom.”