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Final Score: Grizzlies 93, Rockets 97 - February 20, 2012

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Player Notes

Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 23 points (9-22 FG, 5-5 FT) and seven rebounds tonight. Gay has now scored 20 or more points in 17 of the last 24 games. Overall, Memphis is 13-5 this season when he reaches 20 points.

Mike Conley finished with 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-4 3FG), three assists and two steals tonight. Conley entered this game leading the NBA in steals per game (2.47).

Marreese Speights recorded 12 points (6-8 FG) and seven rebounds tonight. Speights entered this game averaging 12.6 points and 10.9 rebounds in prior seven outings.

Marc Gasol added 11 points (5-6 FT), seven boards, and a team-high five assists. It marks the first time this season Gasol has topped the Grizzlies in assists. Mike Conley actually led the team in assists in 26 consecutive games (Jan. 3-Feb. 15).

Rudy Gay tallied 23 points but the Grizzlies fell 97-93 on the road Monday night. Mike Conley scored 16 points and Marreese Speights chipped in 12. Next, Memphis hosts the 76ers on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Coach Hollins

On the game:

“It was a hard fought game, both teams really came out with high-powered offense in the first half and in the second half, both teams shot under 40% and it became a grinded out type of game. Houston made more plays than we did and down the end we still had a stretch, a couple of opportunities to make threes that would have closed the gap and we didn’t get them, we played it right to the end. We got close, but we couldn’t make them flinch or blink at the free-throw line. They deserved to win.”

On Grizzlies play:

“We kept battling and had it back to within two. We didn’t lay down, we kept battling and they eventually won the game.”

Rudy Gay

On the difference of the game:

“Kyle was the difference, he controlled the game. Its tough when he plays like that, when he drives, and shoots like that. He played really well.”

On Grizzlies play:

“We (Grizzlies) cant bank off them (Rockets) missing foul shots. We have to do our work early and we did for the most part, but we were a little laxed in the second half, and that’s what happened. We started off bad, and were fighting back ever since then. Houston played us real tough and we were not able to come back at the end.”

Tony Allen

On the game:

“They moved the ball and were running their sets to a tee. They showed more energy and wanted to make it a 2-1 series for the season. They were the aggressors and we let our claw down.”

Mike Conley

On the game:

“Houston out worked us and definitely made the big plays. They converted on our misses and we didn’t convert on theirs. We just did not execute.”

On match up with Lowry:

“Its always fun to compete against Kyle, we are really good friends off the court and we both play very hard against each other. Its fun to play against him, he was the difference tonight.”