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Final: Grizzlies 109 vs. Cavaliers 101- April 23, 2012

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Key Stat of the Night

The NBA leaders in steals per game and forced turnovers, the Grizzlies forced 14 steals and 17 Cavaliers turnovers… Memphis scored 21 points off turnovers compared to Cleveland’s 12.

Key Run of the Night

With the game tied at 98 with 3:27 remaining in the fourth quarter, Cleveland missed five out of its final six free throws as Memphis built a 10-point lead (109-99) with 14.0 seconds remaining… Alonzo Gee’s dunk with eight seconds left provided the final score.

Player Notes

Six players scored in double figures as the Grizzlies defeated the Cavaliers 109-101 at home Monday night. Marreese Speights tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds while O.J. Mayo added 14 points and five assists. The Grizzlies are a half-game behind the Clippers for the No. 4 seed in the West.

Highlight of the Night

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Game Notes

  • Memphis stayed alive in its bid for homecourt advantage in the first round of the NBA Playoffs… The Grizzlies need to win their final game of the season on April 26 vs. Orlando and have the Los Angeles Clippers lose their final two games in order to seal the fourth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.
  • The Grizzlies extended their season-high home winning streak to 10 games and will get a chance to tie the 11-game franchise record in the season finale with the Magic… Memphis has not lost a home game since March 16 vs. Toronto and has not lost in regulation at FedExForum since Feb. 14 vs. Utah.
  • Memphis has won nine of the past 11 games and 15 of the past 19… The Grizzlies are 12-3 in the month of April.
  • If the Grizzlies win the home finale with Orlando, they will finish the 2011-12 season with the highest winning percentage in team history, breaking the club record set by the 50-win Grizzlies in 2003-04 (.610).
  • Cleveland has reached 100 points in all of its last seven trips to Memphis, the longest active streak against the Grizzlies inside FedExForum.

Up Next:

  • Grizzlies Playoff Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, April 24

  • Grizzlies vs. Magic, Thursday, April 26, 7pm - It's our final home game of the regular season and Fan Appreciation Night. Find Tickets.

They said...

Coach Hollins

Tony Allen:

“He played well last game as well. I thought our defense in the second quarter was really good. Tony led the way. He wound up having a franchise-record eight steals. He’s just standing where he’s supposed to be getting steals. He got some big rebounds down the stretch as well.”

On the game:

“I thought that in the fourth quarter the group that was in there did an outstanding job, including when I put some of the starters back in the game. I thought we played well. The first quarter was just a bad quarter. We gave up 32 points, and we finally got in a rhythm of playing and playing hard. In the third quarter, we kind of did the same thing. We played and let up and played and let up. Finally the quarter ended, and we got back to playing aggressive basketball.”

On Quincy Pondexter’s injury:

“They told me he’s going to get an MRI on his knee. It doesn’t matter how he feels. He could not have any pain, but he’s getting an MRI tomorrow, and they’re going to tell us what’s wrong.”

On their schedule in April:

“We’ve had a really good month. We’ve won 12 games, which ties San Antonio. We’ve played well at home, and we’ve played well on the road. Obviously, the games haven’t been dominated, but it doesn’t matter. We’ve played well enough to win all of these games. I think that we’re still playing, which bodes well versus a lot of people who are sitting out guys and not playing.”

On Zach Randolph:

“I just hope he continues to get better. I don’t think he has a switch to turn on. He played the whole third quarter, and the first half he got three fouls. I took him out. I didn’t want him to get four fouls and be in that situation. I started him in the third quarter so he could get all the minutes. It’s difficult when you’ve missed part of the season. Hopefully, he’ll keep getting better and better from an offensive perspective as well as a defensive perspective.”

Marreese Speights

On resting players before the playoffs:

“It shows how deep our team is. Some guys rest, some guys play a lot of minutes. Coach knows what he is doing so he is just getting us ready for the playoffs.”

On the Clippers:

“We are going to watch film on the Clippers. Come to practice, get focused, and go through some of their plays.”

Tony Allen

On staying focused on the last regular season game:
“I need them personally, and I know the other guys are polishing their craft up going into the post- season with these games as well. We cannot worry about what the other teams are going to do. All we can do is control us and see how the chips fall. For the most part we just have to get these wins and worry about us.”
On the win:

“We definitely put the pressure on them (the Clippers) by winning. With another win Thursday, we’ll definitely put the pressure on them as well. Like I said at the end of the day we can only control what we do and just sit back and watch what they do.”