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Final: Grizzlies 128, Kings 95 - Jan. 21, 2012

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Key Stat of the Night

The Grizzlies scored a season-high 128 points, coming within one of the highest point total by an NBA team this season (129, Miami, Jan. 1, 2012 vs. Charlotte)… Memphis also made 50 field goals, tying the NBA season high, which was set the last time the Grizzlies played the Kings on Jan. 3 at FedExForum.

Key Run of the Night

Leading by eight points (68-60) at halftime, the Grizzlies scored the first 12 points of the second half to push the lead to 20 points with 8:21 remaining in the third… Sacramento would not get closer than 16 the rest of the way, as Memphis extended the lead to as many as 39 points.

Player Notes

Mike Conley

Mike Conley scored all of his season-high 22 points in the first half, making 10 of his first 11 field goals… Conley went a perfect 7-of-7 from the field in the first quarter, scoring 15 points, the most in a single quarter by a Grizzlies player this season.

Rudy Gay had 23 points, Mike Conley and O.J. Mayo added 22 apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies won their sixth straight, 128-95 over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. Read NBA Recap

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the Kings:

“They are an explosive team, a scary to team play. They make a lot of threes. They shoot a lot of threes and they don’t stop shooting. They don’t stop attacking. When we slowed the pace down a little bit it made them play defense and we went inside.”

On the game:

“I thought Mike (Conley) carried us the first half. Then Juice (O.J. Mayo) got going, and then Marc (Gasol) got going and then Rudy (Gay) got going. They just keep bouncing back and forward. We won the rebounding battle, and had 27 assists. There is not a lot more you can say about that game from an overall perspective. It was just a total team win.”

On Mike Conley’s leadership:

“It takes time to develop, and he has been developing each year and getting better. He is getting stronger and getting more comfortable with what we are doing offensively and defensively as well. I’m just proud of way he is growing as a player. He is becoming more of a vocal leader.”

On Marreese Speights, Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham buying into the team’s defensive play:

“I told them when they came here that this is how we play. We are a physical, aggressive team. I don’t like softness. I don’t like passiveness. You’ve got to get in it. If you can’t get in it, then you won’t play. When we went out to get them we saw some of that in them. They are fitting in really well.”

“Dante tonight showed a lot of professionalism. He didn’t play in the first half. Then he came out in the second half, and he was the first guy in the rotation. He did an outstanding job defensively, blocking shots, taking charges, and he made some shots.”

On being first in the Southwest Division:

“From my perspective, I’m not even thinking about that. I just think about how can we make the playoffs, and how can we be better than we were last year. We were the eighth seed last year. I want to make the playoffs, but I want to be better than the eighth seed if we can. That’s what our goal is. If the division title comes into being from that, so be it. That would obviously be a big moment in the franchise history since it would be the first time.”

Rudy Gay

On Zach Randolph:

“Zach’s injury was big for our team, so we had to adjust. It took a couple, three or four games. Like I said before, with an injury like that it’s going to change our team. It’s not going to just change like that. Obviously, we had to adjust, and we did. This team is funny, once somebody comes back, somebody else goes down. It’s scary what this team could be like.”

On O.J. Mayo:

“Oh man, out of everybody in this locker room, we know what O.J. can do. O.J. comes in and works on it every day and we know O.J. is a knock down shooter. He’s one of the best in the league, I believe.”

On the Grizzlies offense:

“Before, we would come out slow and be down. We made an effort to go out there and shoot defensively rather than throwing up shots.”

On Mike Conley’s scoring:

“It was remarkable. It was a push we needed. We were coming off a back-to-back and people are banged up. We needed someone to come off and push us to the next level. Mike did that today.”

On the upcoming road trip:

“Four games, seven days, it speaks for itself.”

On the Western Conference seedings:

“It’s too early to talk about that. I think right now we just have to load up the wins. I say when we get closer to playoff time we will have to think about that. Right now, we’re just trying to beat every team we can. Whereas before, we were thinking about where we could probably be, but we’ve already had a taste of playoff success.”

Marreese Speights

On the Grizzlies:

“We just have to go out there and play hard every night. We have to do Memphis basketball. We are a good unit as a team. Everybody out there just wants to win. We have to go out there every night and just play.”

On the Kings:

“Teams like that are really hungry anytime they get a chance to go on the court. Like last night, they beat the Spurs. We knew they were going to come out here and play hard, just like they did when they beat the Spurs last night. We came out there and played really hard and beat them.”

On playing the second night of a back-to-back:

“We came out with a little edge. We will never be happy once with a game on the road. Every game we’re going out there to play hard to see the outcome.”

On Mike Conley:

“I told him, ‘Mike, you really scored those shots. You had 28 in the first 10 minutes.’ Mike is a good point guard. He’s a smart point guard and a good teacher on the court. I like playing with him.”

O.J. Mayo

On the win:

“We’ve been aggressive and standing on what we do. We’re really running our system and taking open shots. We’re not forcing anything. It works out well and, it’s easy to play like that.”

On Mike Conley:

“When you see your point guard aggressive it gets everybody else going. That’s definitely not his style. He’s not a point guard who needs to shoot a lot. We even get a little aggravated that he is not aggressive enough. Tonight, he started off good and kind of died down. Then, he pretty much took the control in his own hands. He said, ‘we aren’t losing this game. We aren’t playing around with this team. We’re going to get the job done and head on to the road.’ When you see him say that, everybody else follows the lead and gets it done.”

On getting in a rhythm:

“I’m cool now. You know what I’m happy about? I’m happy we’re on a six-game winning streak. We’re going to head to the road and carry the momentum onto this four game, seven day, road trip. As long as we’re winning, I’m all smiles. I know we’re a good team. We know how to play the right way. It’s just aggravating when we fight it a little bit. Right now, it just seems so easy because we’re all playing the right way. The chemistry is there after four years. We’re all in tune and in rhythm. It just seems like it’s easier and easier. After six games playing really, really great team ball offensively, it’s making the nights really easy.”