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Final: Grizzlies 89, Sixers 76 - February 21, 2012

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Key Stats of the Night

The Grizzlies allowed Philadelphia to get no closer than four points in the fourth.

When at FedExForum, the Grizzlies are 10-0 when leading at the end of the first quarter and have an identical 10-0 record with the lead going into halftime.

The Grizzlies are 6-3 in the second game of a back-to-back set, equaling their record in the first game of a back-to-back.

Key Run of the Night

After Philadelphia cut Memphis’ 21-point first-half lead to four points (74-70) with 8:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies responded with a 15-4 run, capped by nine unanswered points, to build the lead back up to 15 (89-74) with 1:06 left in the game.

Player Notes

At halftime, Memphis' mascot, Grizz, was introduced to the crowd as the team's second All-Star. Memphis' mascot has been selected to join Marc Gasol at this weekend's All-Star festivities in Orlando.

Heading into the All-Star Break, first-time All-Star Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies in points (15), rebounds (14) and assists (7), recording his 17th double-double of the season… It marked the first time this season a Grizzlies player has led the time in points, rebounds and assists… Gasol also led the team in blocks (5).

O.J. Mayo added 13 points and Marreese Speights had 12 to help the Grizzlies (19-15) move a season high-tying four games above .500.

Marc Gasol finished three assists shy of a triple double.

The Grizzlies built a 20-point lead after the first quarter over the Sixers en route to an 89-76 home victory Tuesday. Marc Gasol finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks--all team highs. Rudy Gay scored 14 points and O.J. Mayo added 13.

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Coach Hollins

On making the right plays at the end of the game:

“That’s what the game of basketball is on this level. The games have a way of going either way in the last six minutes no matter what the start is like, and you just have to play it out. It’s always great to get off to these good starts or make the other team have to fight back, and we did that. We still had a five-point lead at halftime, and having that five-point lead I think kept the cushion. In the other games, I think we were either up two or down two in the Houston and Denver game, but we were able to maintain the lead even though they came back on us, and that was huge because we were a little bit tired. We had some guys on fumes. I thought our bench did an outstanding job tonight, gave us quality minutes and the zone neutralized them, and allowed us to play big. I wanted to play big because I wanted to rebound and I wanted to keep them out of the paint, and I thought by having the zone, we were able to rest our guys, and play with bigger guys rather than play small guys, and let them get to the basket or let them get threes or whatever, and penetrate because I thought in Houston that’s what happened: they went small, we went small and there’s nobody challenging anybody at the basket because they’ve got Marc (Gasol) out in the pick-and-roll, so he’s not at the basket to one, rebound and two, challenge penetration so tonight I tried to use a different strategy and it paid off for us.”

On the first half of the season:

“I talked to our guys about that and I talked to some of you before the game. Any team is only as good as its weakest parts, and you need everybody. It may not be every night, but there’s a lot of nights you need everybody, and the guys who don’t play as many minutes, and don’t have the status, have to play well and it’s not about scoring, but going out and doing their jobs, so that the other guys can perform to the level that they need to perform at to win the game. I thought tonight was a classic example of that and I complimented the second unit because for the most part, that’s what they did.”

On Marc Gasol and the All-Star break:

“Marc was solid. He was around the basket. He was rebounding. He was passing the ball. He does what Marc does. He’s a little tired. I told him to just go to the All-Star game, and drink a couple of mojitos and enjoy himself, you know don’t play. He said he was going to take a couple charges though. You know Marc. He’s going to go out there and compete and play because that’s who he is. I’m happy for him and he’s earned and deserves to be on the All-Star team. We have others that have but that’s the way it goes and I’m happy for our team where we are at the break. I would have been happier at 20-14 but 19-15 and our heads above water in the thick of the playoff race and coming to the break and getting a chance to rest and getting some multiple days off as we come back and play are all going to be good for us. I’m looking forward to getting away myself. I’m really exhausted mentally and physically and it’d be nice to have two or three days where you don’t have to go anywhere and you don’t have to practice or play.”

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.”

O.J. Mayo

On the first half of the season:

“Six games in nine days is tough. We really gutted it out. We really played well down the stretch of the first half of this season. Hopefully, when we come back from the break we’ll have guys healthy and finish it out the right way.”

On resting during the All-Star Break:

“I don’t want to take the week off. When we come back it’s pretty much full throttle. I think it’s good to take two days off and relax a little bit and catch a couple of games. Then, starting on that Friday get back in the gym and weight room a little bit and just stay in shape. We need to stay up to beat and ready to play when we come back. Resting is very important. The last nine days, six games, three days off have been really really tough. I’m happy we played well. The big fellah (Marc Gasol) is an All-Star and I’m happy for him. I hope he enjoys his time and that everyone else enjoys it because when we come back it’s time to rev it up another notch focus-wise with our play and carry over into the postseason.”

Tony Allen

On the first half of the season without Zach Randolph:

“At the end of the day, we’re all pros. Losing Zach was big, we all know. We turned into a makeshift team again. We lost Rudy (Gay) last year. There’s going to be five guys on the court and no one is going to feel sorry for us. All we can do is try to hold down the fort until he gets back. From what I hear, he’s having a great recovery. We just have to be ready at all times.”

On his All-Star Break plans:

“I am going to be here shooting a lot of jump shots, a lot of layups and doing a lot of conditioning. I’m not going anywhere. I’m here in Memphis. I probably won’t go as hard, but I’ll definitely be in this gym. I am going to be in Memphis, so the gym is going to be calling me.”

On watching Marc Gasol in the All-Star Game:

“Oh man, Big Spain is in the All-Star Game. I’m going to be tuned in as soon as it comes on. I want to see the big fellah get in there and get a couple of jabs…I’m proud of him, he earned it. I want to see him with crossover or a fadeaway.

Mike Conley

On the game:

“A win is a win. A lot of us were running on fumes for a little bit. We got it done. That’s all that matters. Now, we can go into this break with our heads held high and look forward to the second half of the season.”

On the first half of the season without Zach Randolph:

“It was very good. I think a lot of us don’t understand how well we’ve done for ourselves without having Zach there. He’s a big part of our team going forward and last season in the playoffs. With his absence, still being in the hunt and in the playoffs like we are is amazing.”

On resting during the All-Star Break:

“I just want to rest. I probably won’t watch basketball at all. I’m just going to sit down and rest. Hopefully, I’ll be on the beach or something, that would be nice. This is a pivotal point in our season. Guys have logged a lot of minutes. We can use this time to get a lot of the kinks worked out of our bodies, whether we have sprains or injuries, we can really get them worked on a little bit and really take care of our bodies. This is an important time for us. I’m just happy that we’re at the position we’re at right now.”

On watching Marc Gasol in the All-Star Game:

“I’m very excited for him. That’s one thing I will watch. I might even record it and watch it over and over again for him. I’m happy for him and proud of him. I’m just looking forward to watching him.”

On the second half of the season:

“It’s very important. I think we learned last season how important the second half of the season is for a lot of teams – that’s why I’m happy with the momentum we have going into the All-Star Break. If we continue to have that momentum and come out early in the first five or six games and really start a good streak, we’ll be putting ourselves in a good position for the rest of the season.”