Final: Grizzlies 81, Bulls 71
December 17, 2012
Key Stats of the Night
Key Run of the Night
The matchup of two of the league's stingiest defenses lived up to its billing, and Memphis rallied from an 11-point first quarter to steer past the Bulls 80-71 at the FedExForum on Monday night. Mike Conley scored a game-high 17 points and Rudy Gay had 12 as Memphis held Chicago to 37.3 percent shooting.
- The Grizzlies have won the last nine of 11 games against the Bulls in Memphis.
- Memphis shot .545 percent from three-point range (6-of-11 3FG), including a perfect 5-for-5 in the second quarter… Chicago had held opponents to just .290 (40-of-169 3FG) from beyond the arc over its last 11 games… The last time the Grizzlies shot over .500 from three-point range was on Nov. 23 vs. LA Lakers (.545, 6-for-11 3FG), and it is the third time this season Memphis has finished above .500 from long range.
- The Grizzlies held the Bulls to just 34 points (15-of-37 FG) in the first half, setting a new opponent low in first half scoring… Chicago finished with 71 points… Entering tonight’s matchup, the Grizzlies were tied for second in the league in opponent scoring, holding opponents to 90.9 points per game.
- Entering the game averaging 20.9 assists, Chicago held Memphis to just 16 assists tonight… The Bulls are holding opponents to a league-low 18.6 assists per game.
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On big second quarter
“It was huge. The whole group came in and just did great work. That was big because at one point I think we only had six team points, I think it was 18-6 or something like that and they came in with great energy. The ball movement and the attacking, that broke their defense down. They made shots. They made a bunch of shots, Wayne (Ellington) hit some threes. Jerryd (Bayless) and Quincy (Pondexter) hit threes. I just thought the whole group as a unit with their energy, both offensively and defensively, turned the game around. Once we got it turned around, we continued with the first unit. It was a dogfight. I said it before the game it was going to be a slugfest between two pretty good defensive teams. They don’t take a possession off on defense, you have to go and earn everything you get against them and we did. They had to earn stuff against us and they just didn’t have enough juice at the end to really make a run at us.”
On the Bulls’ defense
“This is a good defensive team; you’ve got to give them their credit. They defend everybody. You look at what they’re missing with Richard Hamilton and Derrick Rose out, and they still win games because they defend you and make you earn everything.”
“When you look at a game like this here, 37 percent shooting by both teams, I don’t know how it looks to the fans but to me as a coach it’s just a good basketball game; a hard fought basketball game by two good teams. We got the rebounding 51-39 and we had 18 offensive rebounds. We didn’t give up a bunch of points on turnovers. There were not a lot of fast breaks. Even when we got second chance points, there weren’t a lot of second chance points. We got rebounds but we weren’t scoring. They got rebounds but weren’t scoring. It was a tough one and I’m just happy our second unit really sparked us and got us ahead and we played with the lead down the stretch. I thought Tony Allen’s defense on (Marco) Belinelli throughout the first quarter and throughout the game just kept him out of rhythm and he just couldn’t get going. Everybody that played, Luol Deng, really made him work. When you make their skilled players work to score, then it makes it tough for their team to score as well. That’s what they did to us, they took away our big people and we were still fortunate to get a win. We’ll take the win and get ready for Wednesday.”
On motivating the team
“I didn’t tell them anything. I put a different group in the game. That’s what happened. The second unit went into the game and they turned it around. We didn’t have good ball movement or player movement. A good defensive team just loads up on you and once we started moving the ball and just going from side to side to side, we just started attacking them, and the next thing you know, we got some open shots and we made them.”
On the Grizzlies’ second unit
“The bench did a great job. ‘D.A.’ (Darrell Arthur), ‘Q’ (Quincy Pondexter), ‘JB’ (Jerryd Bayless) and Wayne (Ellington), all those guys stepped up big and changed the tempo of the game for us. We’re a much better team when we have the second unit playing with confidence, moving the ball and playing at a different pace than the first group. They have a different personality than the first group does, and they use it to the best of their abilities. When they play well, we play well.”
On tonight’s performance
“We played one of the best teams, defensively, in the league. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game and the score shows it, 80-71. We knew coming in if we wanted to be a good team, one of those top four teams with homecourt advantage than we have to beat teams like this.”
On tonight’s defense
“We kind of lost our defensive mentality going on the road to our West Coast trip. We weren’t playing physical enough or being aggressive. But today I think we did a much better job of getting up and picking up the ball earlier, keeping the ball out of the paint and clogging it up to make them make mistakes.”
On facing Milwaukee
“We’re just going to come out and play hard. They’re a good team with a great coach so we have to come out and play harder.”
On Mike Conley
“Mike is a big proponent to this. He ignites everything. We go how he goes. He pushes the ball, gets the shots, he’s in the lane to make plays for us. Like I said, we go how he goes. He’s the secret leader to this team. He is the leader, but he is the secret offensive leader. He is the one that goes, and the one who makes us go. We get a lot of attention, but Mike does all of the little things. On defense he’s stealing balls and making plays.”
On last week’s losses
“Every game we have to get back to the way we were playing. It’s a long season so you’re going to have bad games and you’ll lose games. But you got to get where you’re playing consistent at every game to give us a chance.”