Final Score: Grizzlies 93 Rockets 83 - February 14, 2012
Key Stat of the Night
Kevin Martin was held scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting in 19 minutes, his first scoreless game since April 9, 2006 vs. Houston… Coming into tonight’s game, he held a career average of 25.8 points against the Grizzlies.
Key Run of the Night
After Kyle Lowry’s lay-up with 2:58 remaining in the game, the Rockets dropped the Grizzlies’ lead down to a threatening five points (84-79)… With a Mike Conley three-point jump shot followed by an O.J. Mayo lay-up with 2:06 left in the game, the Grizzlies pushed the lead back up 89-79 to close the game with a ten-point margin of victory.
Rudy Gay finished the game with 20 points and 8 rebounds… The Grizzlies have a winning 11-4 record when Rudy reaches 20 points.
With 21 points and 4 assists, Mike Conley led the team in assists for his last 25 consecutive games, the longest such streak by an NBA player this season.
Kyle Lowry led Houston by scoring 24 points and handing out 6 assists.
Mike Conley (21 points) helped the Grizzlies fight off a Rockets rally en route to winning 93-83 at home Tuesday night. Rudy Gay added 20 points and Marc Gasol scored 18.
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On holding Kevin Martin scoreless:
“He didn’t get off to a quick start. They took him out of the game, so he sat out most of the first half. But I thought Tony (Allen) came out with a mindset that he was going to try to play him as hard as he could. Then the kid didn’t make a couple shots and things weren’t going his way, and they made a sub and played Courtney Lee.”
On the first half:
“I think that whenever you can get off to a good start it gives you a little bit more energy. We made shots. We shot 48 percent tonight, and that was huge. We kept attacking the basket. We got a lot of fast-break points. We had 27 points off of their 18 turnovers. They only gave us eight fast-break points, but I guessed that there were a few more. Just in secondary and going down and scoring when they made the turnovers, were huge for us. We actually made some threes tonight. But I thought overall, our defense was really good. They went small and they started trying to attack us off the dribble, and Kyle (Lowry) got going a little bit in the box. But they didn’t make any threes. When they start making threes, they can really stretch you out.”
On Mike Conley’s fourth-quarter three-pointer:
“It thwarted their momentum. We turned the ball over, crazy turnovers. Guys are in the wrong place, and whenever you’re playing those mismatch line-ups trying to make up to the other team, you know offensively it’s going to suffer. Guys didn’t know where to be. We couldn’t really run anything and first, Juice (O.J. Mayo) hit two big three’s on the backside of plays where we were trying to post up Rudy (Gay). Then Mike Conley hit the big three at the top of the key, and then we started getting to the foul line.”
On the game:
“It was a better start. We didn’t go down in double digits. That always helps. I think we were more into it, definitely defensively; our defense always leads us into our offense. I feel we played good basketball and we kept working.”
“Tony (Allen) always does a good job on people, and he got to everybody involved in defense, and the whole team did their job.”
On the final stretch of the game:
“We couldn’t find a good shot or the shot that we wanted. They (Rockets) were great too. They were being active, they were taking everything away and we couldn’t find the shot that we wanted.”
On tomorrow’s game:
“It will be a tough game, but we know we’re going to be ready. There’s no doubt about that.”
On the game:
“We needed this win. After the last game, we thought we had that game, so tonight we wanted to come out here and be aggressive and play hard.”
On Tony Allen’s def:
“That’s Tony Allen for you. He’s going to be active, he’s going to pressure you and that’s what we love about him. He’s going to be active, he’s going to pressure you, he’s going to make people take tough shots and make people take tough passes and he helps us out a lot. It’s nothing we didn’t expect. Tony has games like that.”
On tomorrow’s game versus New Jersey:
“That’s one of the places I don’t think we usually play well there. We’ve got to do it like we did today and come out early, play hard and attack. We can’t lay back and play from behind with a team like that. They’re dangerous no matter their record; they are still dangerous so we’ve got to play hard.”