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Final Score: Grizzlies 96, Hawks 77 - Feb. 2, 2012

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Stats of the Night

Through three quarters, Memphis outscored Atlanta 50-26 in the paint, and 21-10 in fastbreak points.

Turning Point

Atlanta trailed by just two points at the end of the first quarter, but the Hawks' template for passivity was set in that period as the Grizzlies attacked the paint for 16 points on the way to a 21-19 lead.

Rudy Gay (21 points) and the Grizzlies made the Hawks' return home after a successful five-game road trip something to forget with a 96-77 victory in Atlanta on Thursday. Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo scored 18 points apiece.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the game:

“It was a team effort. The defense was good from the start. Our effort and energy was good. We turned the ball over three or four times early on and they got some baskets from that, but then we settled down after that. We put Dante Cunningham on Josh Smith and that took away the run outs, and then we started executing. Our defense just took over after that. We got good shots, and we ran the court tonight. We had 21 fast break points and 13 second chance points, but that all came through our defense.”

Marc Gasol

On the game:

“We always know that this is a tough place to play. We had to come out ready tonight, because (the Hawks) like to jump out on teams early. We needed everybody to do their job tonight. Tonight the shots fell and we did a great job on defense. If we play at that level every night on defense, either we will win, or we will have a chance to win. We executed well. We shared the ball. Tony (Allen) did a great job on Joe Johnson, and it was a great team effort.”

O.J. Mayo

On the game:

“We’re playing really hard right now and playing to win. Our defense really picked up and that helped us get some easy baskets. After that the offense kicked in. It was a team effort tonight.”