Gametime: Grizzlies vs. Jazz - Feb. 12, 2012
Final score: Grizzlies 88, Jazz 98 - February 12, 2012
Key Stat of the Night
Utah scored 30 points off 19 Memphis turnovers while limiting the Grizzlies to 17 assists…It marked only the fifth time this season that Memphis had more turnovers than assists, including the team’s loss at Utah on Jan. 6.
Key Run of the Night
After Memphis cut Utah’s lead to five points (88-83) with 3:53 remaining in the game, Utah scored eight of the next nine points to take a 12-point lead and hold off the Grizzlies.
Tony Allen scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds, returning to the starting lineup for the first time since Feb. 3 in Oklahoma City.
Mike Conley tallied 17 points and handed out six assists…He has led the team in assists in 24 consecutive games, the longest such streak by an NBA player this season.
Rudy Gay finished the game with 22 points and six rebounds, scoring 20-plus points for the 13th time in the last 20 games.
Al Jefferson registered his 10th double-double of the season with 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds…He surpassed his previous record of 13 (Feb. 4 vs. LA Lakers).
Marc Gasol posted 17 points and nine rebounds but the Grizzlies fell to the Jazz 98-88 at home on Sunday night. Rudy gay added 22 points and six rebounds while Mike Conley chipped in with 17 points and six assists.
The Grizzlies will wear their ABA Memphis Tams green and gold uniforms for the first time at FedExForum as part of Hardwood Classics Night. Arrive early. The first 5,000 fans will also receive Memphis Tams Tam 'O Shanter hats. Game action will tip-off at 8:30pm.
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On the fourth quarter:
“We were down 81- 76. We had a fast break, we blew the ball out of bounds, we had two free throws and we missed those. From there the dam broke, the flood started and that’s what happened in the fourth quarter. To put it bluntly, we didn’t guard and execute offensively.”
On the scoring:
“We don’t make shots. If we don’t make shots, we can’t score, no matter how good we play defense. We held them to 22 points, and we were down 22 to 10 at one point. It’s simple if we start making shots and get some transition--get some offensive rebounds. We couldn’t even score on offensive rebounds tonight. We had 18 offensive rebounds and we scored 10 points. In order to play this game, you have to score.”
On second chance opportunities:
“They had 13 (offensive rebounds) and they had 18 points on them, but the key was they scored 30 points on our 19 turnovers, which is not us. We couldn’t take advantage of their turnovers, so we have to be better on transition. We have to be better on the glass. Even though it looks like we came out ahead on the glass, when you shoot 31 percent for most of the game, then you should get more offensive rebounds, which is what we did when we started making buckets. But not enough, and we just went back and forth.”
On the loss:
“I don’t think we played all of the possessions out on the defensive end. That teams plays until the shot clock has two (seconds) left. That pretty much was the game. We beat them in rebounding. We just couldn’t get a stop as a unit down the stretch.”
On the Grizzlies:
“Believe it or not, I think we play our best basketball when we’re down. It seems like we have more of a sense of urgency. Tonight, they were the better team because they were getting to the 50/50 balls. They were getting deflected. They either dove for it or they were running hard to it. Whatever the case may be, they won the 50/50 game tonight.”
On Gordon Hayward:
“He had a good game.”
On playing the Rockets Tuesday:
“We have the Rockets, and have to be ready to compete. We have to give a better effort for 48 minutes.”
On the loss:
“Today was something we shouldn’t be doing this season. This is basically our problem. We should be finishing these games like we’re supposed to – closeouts anything, we didn’t have any of that finish. It’s a lot of things, basically effort and going out there with a certain amount of will offensively and defensively. We haven’t done that. We need to pick it up when we’re down. Good teams can’t do that all of the time.”