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Final Score: Grizzlies 84, Trail Blazers 97 - Jan. 24, 2012

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O.J. Mayo scored 20 points to lead the way but the Grizzlies lost 97-84 to the Trail Blazers in Portland on Tuesday night. Rudy Gay scored 11 while Tony Allen added eight points.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the game turning in the third quarter:

“It was actually decided earlier. We couldn’t make any shots and we got down. We kept battling, we turned them over 13 times in the first half and that was what kept us in the game. They took better care of the ball in the second half. As I told the team, we gave all we had… it just wasn’t enough tonight. That was simply the bottom line. Marcus Camby was unbelievable blocking shots and rebounding, and LaMarcus Aldridge was unbelievable offensively. I thought we did a much better job when we put a little bit smaller guy on him. Rudy [Gay] did a decent job on him for the most part, but he’s a great player. You have to give them credit. They came out and took us out of things that we usually get buckets on and made us work for everything. When you’re a little bit fatigued it’s hard to keep attacking – you want to settle, and we did settle too much.”

On fatigue affecting the starters:

“We’re fatigued, we’re tired. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, you could see their shots falling short, and that’s why they weren’t able to shoot like they normally shoot.”

Marc Gasol

On the game changing in the third quarter:

“They didn’t allow us to get into the paint. They collapsed the paint and forced us to take the outside shot. We got some stops and were able to run, and cut the lead down a little bit, but it was a little bit too late.”

On fatigue affecting the team:

“I don’t think that was the case. I think we had the energy, but they had the crowd. It’s a great place to play. The crowd kept pushing them. You have to give the crowd credit, too, for helping their team.”

Tony Allen

On fatigue affecting the team:

“I wouldn’t use that as an excuse. They had a back-to-back as well. They just fought hard. You could tell from the jump. I thought we were a little sluggish as a whole, and it showed throughout the 48 minutes. We weren’t able to get a lead.”

On what the team wasn’t able to do successfully tonight:

“Just get stops, get out on the break and execute offensively. One they got momentum, they played team basketball and they beat us as a team. You have to take your hat off to them. They were the batter team tonight.”

On missing Zach Randolph inside:

“You definitely can see what his worth is. With him being out, we can’t hold our head. We just have to continue to fight, and that’s what we’re going to do.”