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Round 1, Game 5
Final Score: Grizzlies 92, Clippers 80 - May 9, 2012

Key Stat of the Night

The Memphis defense clamped down for the first time in the series, limiting the Clippers to 37.1 percent shooting on 26-of-71 attempts, including 7-of-24 (29.2 percent) from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies also dominated the paint, outscoring the Clippers 48-26 down low while simultaneously winning the rebound battle 42-35.

Key Run of the Night

A bucket by Randy Foye at the 55-second mark cut the Grizzlies lead to 85-79. Zach Randolph hit the first of two free throws on the next Memphis possession before Rudy Gay salvaged the miss and converted it into a layup to put the Grizzlies ahead 88-79 with 19 seconds left. Memphis closed the game on a 7-1 run to seal a 92-80 victory.

Player Notes

Marc Gasol (23 points) and Zach Randolph (19) dominated the paint to help the Grizzlies build a double-digit lead and hold on for a 92-80 home victory over the Clippers on Wednesday. Rudy Gay scored 14 points for the Grizzlies, who trail the series 3-2.

Game Recap

Game Notes

  • Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined for 27 points in the first quarter. Randolph made all six of his shots from the floor, while Gasol went 6-of-8. Memphis scored 24 points in the paint in the opening quarter and made 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) field goal attempts.
  • Memphis’ 36 points in the opening quarter ties a playoff franchise record previously set on May 1, 2005 in Game 4 against the Phoenix Suns.
  • The Grizzlies recorded the franchise’s ninth consecutive postseason sellout dating back to the 2011 playoffs.
  • Memphis led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies saw that lead dwindle to as few as six points on two different occasions in the fourth quarter. Memphis battled through its offensive lulls, however, and closed the game on a 7-1 run to seal its first double-digit playoff victory since a 95-83 win over Oklahoma City in Game 6 of the 2011 Western Conference Semifinals.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph:

“I had talked to them earlier, yesterday and today about them needing to play better. They needed to work harder to get the ball in the post, and we needed to make sure we threw it to them when they were open. And, they got off to a good start. Marc really got us off and then it just carried forward through the whole first half.”

On the Grizzlies team defense toward the end of the game:

“Well, I thought our defense was outstanding the whole game. They shot 37 percent, and we took away some of the people that have been hurting us. Offensively, we lost our poise in that third quarter. They were fussing with the officials and getting technicals, and we were getting into it with them and kept committing fouls. Next thing you know, the clock is stopped and they are shooting free throws and we're in foul trouble. But, we made enough plays and got enough stops tonight and that kept us ahead. In the past, they just kept making shots and we haven't been able to stop them. It wasn't perfect, but we got enough stops.”

On playing when Mike Conley isn’t on the floor:

“Juice (O.J. Mayo) has done a nice job at the point. We just lost our poise and over dribbled sometimes and just didn't make good decisions as a unit. We're definitely not in survival mode.”

On what he preached to the team prior to the game:

“To focus on the moment. The first moment is the first quarter. And, so on and so forth. You can't think about the next game or anything like that. We have to get through the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter and the last three or four minutes of the game. Now, we are talking about the next game and going out there and just playing the first quarter.”

On the adjustment made to Blake Griffin:

“I don't know if it was a point of emphasis; we just wanted a bigger guy on him. And, we forced him to catch the ball further away from the basket than where he's been catching it. We just played better. I don't know if it was because there was more scheming or anything like that. We just played better.”

On containing Chris Paul:

“Did we? I thought he did a good job of containing himself when he got hurt and went to the bench. He was coming up. He was helping bring them back.”

On Quincy Pondexter:

“I thought he did a nice job defensively. He also did a nice job rebounding. He got a couple of big offensive rebounds. He also rebounded on the defensive end a little bit. He was one of the few guys that kept Chris (Paul) in front of him. Everyone else was letting him get on the side of him and he's getting to the basket and getting behind you. Nobody can really stop Chris (Paul), but just (Quincy) being in the game gave us another body and another defensive player that could go on the other end and make an open shot if he was left alone. That's why I went with him as long as I did. A couple of games ago I did the same thing and I got away from it last game. I just decided to go with him back in the rotation and utilize his game.”

Marc Gasol

On the physicality of the play in the paint:

“We did a better job of executing the game plan, especially defensively. I think we were a little more disciplined on defense than in the past especially in the fourth quarter when they were cutting the lead that we had. I have to give a lot of credit to the guys.”

On the physicality of the game:

“We had our backs against the wall. We haven’t done anything yet. We want to take it back to LA and give them another good battle.”

On a strong start followed by second half struggles:

“Well, they are going to make adjustments. You throw the ball inside, and there are going to come and try to front you. What they do pretty well is press the guards so that you get us out of our offense. So, we take shots that we don’t really want - weaker shots. We just have to keep our poise and do what we are trying to do, especially defensive rebounding.”

Zach Randolph

On the strong start to the game:
“We just wanted to go inside and try to play through the post. That’s what we did tonight. Marc had a great game. He was a presence tonight. He got the ball and scored. So, that’s what we need to do - play inside out. That’s the way we’ve been playing. That’s what got us here, so that’s what we have to keep doing.”
On being more aggressive:

“I wanted to be aggressive. I got it and made quick post moves. I’d face up and play like I usually play – face up and get to the middle or get to the right and pull up. So, I was just trying to play my game and not do too much thinking. I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive and play the way I play.”

On becoming more healthy:

“Yea. I’m feeling better every game. Now I just have to put a whole game together – start to finish. I’m getting there. You know, whatever I can do to help this team win – rebound, defense and face guard guys. Whatever I have to do. It’s a team game, and I’m just trying to contribute.”