Final Score: Grizzlies 104, Warriors 103 - February 18, 2012
Key Stat of the Night
For the second time in as many nights, the Grizzlies earned a one-point victory on the final shot of the game, this time off a Tony Allen tip-in with 5.6 seconds remaining in the game… Memphis defeated Denver last night, 103-102, thanks to a Dante Cunningham put-back with 0.2 seconds on the clock.
Key Run of the Night
After the Grizzlies built an 18-point first-quarter lead, the Warriors stormed back to lead by 11 (75-64) with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter… However, the Grizzlies responded with a 16-3 run to bridge the third and fourth quarters to take a two-point advantage (80-78) with 9:20 left in the game… Neither team would lead by more than four points the rest of the way before Tony Allen’s tip-in sealed the win for Memphis
O.J. Mayo scored 18 points, reaching double-figures off the bench for the 22nd time this season… All other Grizzlies have reached double figures in a reserve role a combined 11 times.
Marc Gasol recorded his 16th double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Scoring 10-plus point for the 30th game this season, Rudy Gay finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
Five players scored in double figures including Marc Gasol (17 points, 13 rebounds) as the Grizzlies held on late to beat the Golden State Warriors 104-103 at home on Saturday night. Rudy Gay added 19 points while O.J. Mayo came off the bench to score 18.
On how he feels about two close wins back-to-back:
“It’s just a game. It’s fun to be out there competing and playing. I told the guys tonight, ‘This is what it’s all about. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it’s just competition.’ You go out and grit it out and play together. I told them that the things that are important are what they are accomplishing out there – the camaraderie, the caring for each other, the playing for each other. Those are things that they’ll remember when this stuff is all done. All of the accolades, and that stuff – trophies in the attic, you get married; you don’t get to bring that stuff out anymore. Your kids don’t talk about that stuff. They talk about the latest, greatest players. This is what you should try to appreciate. These are the moments that you live for.”
On the game and the final play by the Warriors:
“They were trying to get it to (Monta) Ellis the first time. I think the play was designed, by the way. They couldn’t get the ball in on the zipper from out of bounds because Tony (Allen) denied it. So, they had him take it out and then they zippered down on David Lee and cleared out. They faked the handoff and tried to drive, but Mike (Conley) did was he was supposed to do on defense. He stayed and took the charge. I think we had the backside covered well. It was a gutsy play. The steal by Mike earlier was gutsy. Rudy’s (Gay) steal, Tony’s offensive rebound, Rudy’s baskets, all kept us in it. Everybody was just doing it. Every time I looked up I thought we were down 12 or 14 the way we were shooting. One time, it was 78-76, and I thought for sure we were down by 10. We just kept battling and staying close in the first half. I thought the bench did an outstanding job in the minutes they were in there to buy us time in the end of the third and beginning of the fourth. They actually got us to a tie and a lead. That was huge to give those guys some rest to come down the stretch and bring us home.”
On the similarity to last night’s game against the Nuggets:
“I wasn’t even thinking about last night’s game. I only think about the game at hand. That’s the only one that concerns me and the only one I can do anything about. I’m just trying to figure out can we get down inside two minutes with the lead and maybe get something good, like we did. We got the steal, but we missed the two free throws so we didn’t get out of the woods. We still had to play. I was just trying to get to a comfortable moment so we could say we had this game in hand, but we never got to do that until there was 0.6 seconds left on the clock.”
On the Grizzlies bench getting extra minutes:
“I knew that I had to rest those guys. The guys that were in there were doing great. Juice (O.J. Mayo) got it going and really helped the second unit. We could run a lot of stuff through him. He’s an important part of what we do. If he can be in the game and make shots with that group, that group can stay on the court longer because they will defend. It’s just the matter of scoring that they struggle with. When you play a team like Golden State, if you’re not scoring then you can’t play because you’re not going to stop them consistently. No way. Not even when the starters are out there.”
On losing the lead:
“We lost a lot down the stretch two years ago, but we are a much more mature team. We just know how to close them out and never quit. It’s the NBA, so every team is going to make a run, but it’s our time to patch up the cuts down the stretch and try to make some plays.”
On the game-winning tip:
“(Rudy) Gay causes so much attention when he pulls up, because he hits so many game winners. I was just at the right place at the right time. I looked at Gay as he shot it and just went around (Dorell) Wright and just got the tip. There wasn’t anything special about it. I was just at the right place at the right time.”
On Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry:
“It was one of those nights where you had two people who were hot and that happens. They kept them in the game for a long time, but we prevailed.”
On the difference between the team from two years ago:
“We made defensive plays down the stretch. We just knew who to get the ball to and how to make plays at the right time. It’s not something this team has had before. It’s kind of like a playoff atmosphere. Everybody has been battle-tested in the playoffs but myself.”
On the bench:
“The bench played well and definitely kept us in the game and got us in the lead for a little bit. That’s what we need from them. We’ll be okay with them making mistakes, as long as they’re aggressive mistakes and trying to do the right thing for the team.”