Final: Lakers 116, Grizzlies 111 - Double OT
March 13, 2012
Key Stats of the Night
- Memphis lost for the first time this season after surpassing the century mark. The Grizzlies are 12-1 when scoring 100 points.
- The Lakers scored 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting (.611) compared to the Grizzlies’ 17 points on 8-of-21 (.381) shooting, overcoming an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and forcing the game into the first of two overtimes.
Key Run of the Night
After Memphis took a three-point lead (109-106) with 2:38 remaining in the second overtime, the Lakers scored six consecutive points as part of a 10-2 run to end the game.
Tony Allen had 18 points, and O. J. Mayo scored 14, but was 7 of 25 from the field.
Marreese Speights led six Grizzlies in double figures with a season-high 25 points to go with seven rebounds and a career-high five assists, but the Grizzlies fell in a 116-111 double-overtime loss to the Lakers at FedExForum. Marc Gasol (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Mike Conley (10 points, 11 assists) posted double-doubles.
Memphis played without leading scorer Rudy Gay, who was still suffering from concussion symptoms after a blow to the head in Sunday night's game at Denver.
Highlight of the Night
- Memphis attempted a franchise-record 116 shots from the field, surpassing the old record of 105 set on Nov. 1, 2006 vs. New York… The Grizzlies’ 116 field goal attempts also set an NBA season high.
- Despite the franchise record for field goal attempts, Memphis attempted a season-low five free throws.
- The Grizzlies lost for the first time this season when scoring 100 points or more (12-1).
- Memphis also lost for the first time at home when leading at the end of the first quarter (11-1) and at halftime (10-1).
- The Grizzlies lost at home for the first time since Feb. 12 against Utah, snapping a season-high home-game winning streak.
On the game:
“We played a great game and we should have won the game. We had a few mental lapses at key times. As I’m always telling those guys, it’s the small things that win or lose games. We gave up a three when we were up three, and there was no reason to give up a three. We lose Kobe (Bryant) a couple other times when we could have gotten to him. The guy that was supposed to be guarding him could have gotten to him. Those are the things that kill you in big basketball games.”
On Kobe Bryant:
“Kobe just kept battling. We got the lead all the way up to 17, and Kobe kept bringing them back. He just kept them close until he actually won the game for them. He made a couple good plays on passes, the last one to Pau (Gasol) that put them ahead.”
On the Grizzlies:
“I’ve got no problem with my team. Our guys played hard. They played with a lot of energy and a lot of heart. We lost to a team that played better. We’ve got to give them their due, and we’ve just got to get ready to come back on Friday.”
“We just didn’t make shots down the stretch. We had a lot of guys that were tired, and we were trying to go for two. We went for the lob and they didn’t really play it the way we would hope they would play it. We came back and drove, threw it back out, and when you’ve got wide open threes you’ve got to take them. Mike Conley’s was wide open, Juice (O.J. Mayo) had a bunch of wide-open shots. Juice was 7-for-25. Just couldn’t make the shot. Sometimes it’s like that. They’re playing their butts off and trying to do what’s right. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out.”
On the end of regulation with a foul to give:
“We were just trying to run a pick-and-roll. I told Mike (Conley) to go early, because I knew they were going to foul, but he didn’t go early and then they fouled and there was like five seconds left. I didn’t have any more timeouts left.”
“It was a heck of a basketball game, and the fans got their money’s worth. I just hope they keep coming out, because we’re gonna keep giving ours out there so that they know they’re gonna play with a lot of heart and a lot of grit.”
On the loss:
“It was definitely a tough one. We had our chances to seal the deal. Like coach said, it was the little things that did it. Me personally, I came in and gave up a three. That’s one thing coach made emphasis on coming into here. We were up three. I played good defense and made him shoot a tough shot. He hit it. I don’t give up a three, they’re still down one. We come down and execute, but things happen. We had our chances. We can’t pin-point what lost the game. We definitely got a lot of (field goal) attempts up today, so it’s the little things.”
On the atmosphere:
“It felt like a playoff atmosphere, and that’s playoff basketball. Like Coach says, it’s going to boil down to the little things. I think it helped us in the term of we have to be more focused throughout the game, and be able to make better decisions down the stretch.”
On playing without Rudy Gay:
“It’s tough to play without Rudy. He’s one of our best players on this team and he’s one of the best players in this league so playing a game without him, and we’re still waiting to get Zach Randolph back it’s tough. But at the same time, we came out and competed. We were right there to win the game, and it took two overtimes. But at the same time, we played really well.”
On the atmosphere:
“It was a lot of Lakers fans out there, but Memphis fans did a better job I think. The fans really supported us, and I’m disappointed that we let them down. But at the same time, I wish they could come out like that more often. I think this will be a tough place to play.”
On defending Kobe Bryant:
“The toughest thing defensively is not getting discouraged when he makes shots. He’s a tremendous player. We’ve all seen him through the years, and when he makes shots you can’t get discouraged. You have to keep going at him on both ends of the floor, and make his touches very hard to get. At the end of the day, you have to leave it up to your chances.”