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Round 1, Game 2
Final: Grizzlies 105, Clippers 98 - May 2, 2012

Key Stat of the Night

The Grizzlies recorded 13 steals and forced the Clippers into 21 turnovers, tying Los Angeles’ second-most amount of turnovers this season… Memphis, which scored 25 points off turnovers, led the league for the second consecutive season in both steals per game and forced turnovers.

Key Run of the Night

After Los Angeles cut Memphis’ lead down to four points for the second time in the fourth quarter (83-79 with 8:06 remaining), the Grizzlies responded with a 14-5 run to build the lead up to 13 points, their largest advantage of the game.

Player Notes

Rudy Gay scored 21 points Wednesday night to lead the Grizzlies past the Clippers 105-98 in Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs tying the series at 1-1. O.J. Mayo had 20 points while Mike Conley added 19. The Grizzlies travel to Los Angeles on Saturday for Game 3.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the win:

“I think the 16 offensive rebounds and attacking the basket really allowed us to get to the free throw line. We were very aggressive and we just kept attacking. When you out-rebound a team like we did, and get 16 offensive rebounds, it’s huge. We had 18 second-chance points. We turned the ball over only 13 times, and the other night we turned it over 12 and gave up 20 points. Tonight, we gave up nine points, and they gave up 25 points. They shoot 57 percent and 56 from threes. We had to do everything we could to win the game. It’s just a hard fought game. It’s going to be a hard fought series and we just have to go out and be ready to battle them every night.”

On playing O.J. Mayo at point guard:

“I wanted a little bit bigger guy on Mo Williams. Q (Quincy Ponxdexter) did a nice job on him. He did a nice job on (Randy) Foye, whoever we had matched up. I just decided that I wanted to keep Rudy (Gay) in the game, but I still wanted Q to get in the game. I just changed up the line-up a little bit. We went with Mo Speights who came up huge. I thought Q played, even though he didn’t score anything but a point. I thought his defense was instrumental in shutting down any small guys. I can’t say shut them down, but slowed them down, because they still shot 57 percent, so that was my thinking.”

On whether they look to change their defensive game-plan on Chris Paul:

“Chris Paul’s a great player. We had three or four different people on him and he scored on everybody, so who do you want me to put on him? I can’t come off the bench and guard him. I’m too old.”

On wearing his Portland Trail Blazers championship ring:

“I lost it, and I just found it. It was brought to me at the game. I didn’t find it. Somebody else found it and brought it to the game tonight, so that’s why I wore it.”

On his message to the team after Sunday’s Game 1:

“I said it before the game that we weren’t going to shoot 11-of-16 from the three-point line because we’re not a three-point shooting team. But we attack, and we’re aggressive and we’re pretty good. I thought that that was our game, and we got to it. We got punched in the mouth the first game and we came back tonight, and we withstood some blows because they were hitting us again. But we stood in there and took them and kept attacking and kept fighting and fortunately were able to get a win.”

Mike Conley

On the game:

“We came back out and had to play through a lot of adversity. We still got the win, despite what happened in last game. We came out focused and mentally tough. It’s huge, because they could have easily gone back 2-and-0.”

“We kept attacking and getting into the paint area. That’s what we did differently tonight and got back to the free-throw line. We made good decisions with the basketball, and we didn’t turn it over down the stretch. O.J. (Mayo) did a great job of handling the ball when he had times handling it. Marc (Gasol) and Z-Bo (Zach Randolph) did a great job facilitating and being aggressive when they had the chance.”

“It’s a grind-out game. This is more our style. Grind it out and play defense. Turn them over and get on transition. We just played hard tonight and luckily got the win .”

On the next two games in Los Angeles:

“They’re the most important of the series. You have to try to steal one down there in L.A., so we can get that home court back. We feel like this is going to be a six or seven-game series. Both teams are fighting hard, and we have the opportunity to go down there and win one.”

On O.J. Mayo:

“He’s been a difference maker for us for a lot of games in the regular season, and tonight he was a difference maker when he came in and made those plays offensively and defensively. We need that from him, and he’s a great teammate and a great leader.”

On Chris Paul:

“You don’t want Chris to have 30 a game, but I think it changes their offense up a little bit when he’s aggressive like that. They’re still very dangerous when he’s scoring. We’ve got to find a way to minimize his opportunities and still stop their penetration.”

Tony Allen

On the next two games in Los Angeles:
“Those guys came in here and took care of business, and we have to have that same mentality. We need to go in there with the focus of getting the win. We could grind harder than what are expectations are and get two wins. We’re taking it one game at a time and going out there with great focus.”
On the fourth quarter:

“We just stuck to our game plan and continued to be aggressive, ran our sets, and we were able to make shots. Juice (O.J. Mayo) was very big today and opened the floor to help Zach (Randolph) get in the groove. He was able to make plays down the stretch to hold the lead.”

On his defense:

“I’m just trying to be that glue guy. Our last game, I let our team down by not getting the stop. I just tried to be more alert in this game, and hopefully, I can take that to LA.”