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Final Grizzlies 75, Hornets 88 - April 15, 2012

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Eric Gordon scored 18 points and the New Orleans Hornets won for the fourth time in five games, upsetting the playoff-contending Memphis Grizzlies 88-75 on Sunday night.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the game

“This wasn’t tough, it was ugly. It was nasty. We shot 35%, 25 field goals, we turned the ball over 21 times for 28 points. We scored 75 points. You can’t beat anybody scoring 75 points.”

On the turnovers being unforced errors

“Some of them are. Some were careless...whatever we still had them. However they came about whatever the reason, we had them. Our pick and roll defense was atrocious. Our defense period was atrocious. We just didn’t muster up the energy that we needed to come out and play against a hard working team in a back to back, at the end of a real tough week. I think this was the fourth in five nights, five in seven days. I mean we played a lot of games the last two weeks, but we still have to come out and play.”

Rudy Gay

On the game

“We were down a little bit. We didn’t have a lot of energy and that hurt us. We’ve been playing a lot. It’s been a tough schedule. This is one of those trips, though, where we face some teams that don’t have a lot to play for, but they play hard. Give them credit. They came out, played hard to beat us, and they did. It’s the NBA. You can try to play from behind and it’s not always going to work. Of course, we’ve won games like this, but not this evening. It’s a little bit of both. They always seem to play us well. It’s a little bit on us, as well. We were off.”

Tony Allen

On the game

“We didn’t match their level of intensity. Looking at how the game was played, those guys were playing physical. It got to where it looked like they wanted it more than we did. The good teams find ways to get over these humps. You have to take your hat off to the Hornets because they were the better team tonight. When you look at the scoring, they did it collectively. They played hard and they played together. When a team does that for forty eight minutes, that’s normally how the outcome is. We have to bounce back from this and work on our next game. We get those guys again at our place and we’re going to remember this one. They were more physical. They were the aggressors. They forced us into those turnovers. They played how we normally play. Somehow, they got the edge on us and kept it for forty eight minutes.”