Final: Grizzlies 97, Heat 82 - April 6, 2012
Rudy Gay scored 17 points, Zach Randolph had 14 points and 14 rebounds off the bench, and the Memphis Grizzlies put seven players in double figures to snap Miami's 17-game home winning streak by beating the Heat 97-82 on Friday night.
Mike Conley and Marreese Speights each scored 15, Gilbert Arenas had 12 and Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo each added 10 for the Grizzlies, who have won six of their last eight games.
- Grizzlies played their second of three consecutive games against the two teams from last season’s NBA Finals (Dallas twice and Miami), and their sixth game in the last eight days (five on the road).
- Grizzlies have won six of their last eight games and have now won at Miami, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
- Grizzlies, who have not had a 30-point scorer in a game this season (last time - Zach Randolph on March 14, 2011 vs. Los Angeles Clippers), had seven players score in double figures tonight, led by Rudy Gay’s 17 points.
- Grizzlies have now held their last eight opponents under 100 points and have done so in 44 of 54 games this season. The 44 games is tied for the fifth most in the league with Chicago.
- Grizzlies led wire-to-wire and lead by as many as 21 points in the third quarter.
- Rudy Gay led the team with 17 points, 11 coming in the first half when the Grizzlies took a 16-point halftime lead.
- Zach Randolph recorded his third double-double of the season and his second coming off the bench this season, with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
- Mike Conley had three steals and has 119 steals this season, tying the Clippers’ Chris Paul for the league lead.
- O.J. Mayo, who led the team in scoring in each of the last four games tonight led the team with a game-high six assists and added his 20th blocked shot of the season.
- Grizzlies vs. Mavericks, April 7, 7pm -
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On the game
“The first time I looked up at the scoreboard, we (Memphis Grizzlies) were up fifteen points. We were playing well and we had a lot of people do a lot of good things. Our defense was really good early on. We slowed the tempo like we like to do and we ran when we had opportunities. We had twelve turnovers and they only had five fast break points. When you take care of the ball, get good shots, you make more shots and you leave the other team few opportunities to run out on you.”
On the Miami HEAT
“My real focus on them (Miami HEAT) tonight was you don’t want them to make a highlight tape. If you turn the ball over and take quick shots, they are going to run, the crowd is going to get into it and they are going to feed off of that.”
On the Memphis Grizzlies
“Our (Memphis Grizzlies) bench came in and did a nice job with thirty six points. Gilbert Arenas made a bunch of three pointers and Mike Conley made some three pointers as well. Anytime there was a little bit of a run, we were able to hit a three pointer to knock them (Miami HEAT) back on their heels a little.”
On Zach Randolph
“Zach Randolph came in and got fourteen rebounds. He did want we need him to do every night and it was good to see.”
On Gilbert Arenas
“He (Gilbert Arenas) gives us another basketball player. They don’t have to be stars, they just have to be players that can play, make shots when they need to and have poise. Gilbert Arenas gives us that extra player. When the second unit is out there they are a little more whole. It really helps us (Memphis Grizzles) bide more time for the starters because they are out there doing their thing.”
On the game
“We got out early. We completed early. When we do that we’re hard to beat. It’s hard for any team to come from behind, especially when we’re playing defense like we did today.”
“It’s more about the win than the individual play.”
On the game
“We were able to control the tempo. I think we did a good job defensively. We made them play half court. We closed the paint and closed out the shooter.”
“They had some shooters in the corner, but we did a good job closing out. It was a team effort.”
On other players stepping up
“We’re a team. That’s what it is all about. When a guy is down, somebody else gets those minutes. We’re in the NBA. Everybody knows how to play. We are all here for a reason.”
“It was a great team win. Our defense is our strength when we play the right way. I think we did a great job transferring from one side to the other.”
“There’s nothing to celebrate. We just won a game. Tomorrow is a big game for us at home.”
On the game
“I’m just going out there and managing the game, getting the second unit off and making sure we’re as dominate as the first unit.”
“The shots are falling now. It feels good. It feels like its on target, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
“This is a great win, but tomorrow we have a Dallas [Mavericks] team that got on us two nights ago.”
On the game
“I think we started out playing great defense. We were talking and engaged very early. We were hitting our shots and taking advantage of opportunities they were giving us. We kept that momentum going through all four quarters.”
“You’re in the moment. You’re in the game. All the matters to us is this game at that point. Guys came out and gave everything. I think guys stepped up.”
“We had guys step up all across the board.”
On the team’s defense
“I think communication was the biggest thing. I think guys who were guarding LeBron [James] and D [Dwyane] Wade did a really good job being up and pressuring them.”