Final Score: Grizzlies 105, Real Madrid 93
October 7, 2012
Key Stats of the Night
Key Run of the Night
Rudy Gay looked like he was in midseason form Saturday, scoring 27 points as the Grizz won their home opener 105-93 over Real Madrid. Mike Conley added 18 points while Marc Gasol contributed a double-double (16 pts, 16 rebs).
- 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
- Grizzlies center Marc Gasol posted a game-high 16 rebounds with 16 points… Gasol’s Olympic teammate and Real Madrid guard Rudy Fernandez finished with a team-high 16 points with four assists.... The duo, along with Felipe Reyes, Sergio Rodriguez and Sergio Llull from Real Madrid, won the silver medal while playing for the Spanish National Team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London… The five players were honored on the court before tonight’s matchup.
- Five Grizzlies players finished the game in double figures, including Quincy Pondexter who came off the bench to score 19 points.
- Memphis is now 10-1 in the preseason dating back to the start of the 2010 preseason. The Grizzlies finished the 2010 preseason with a perfect 8-0 record and split a pair of preseason games with the New Orleans Hornets to start the 2011-12 campaign.
On the team:
“As you can see, we didn’t have our legs to be able to play the amount of minutes that we played, but I wanted to play close to it. As we go forward in exhibition season, I will probably loosen the reigns and let other guys play, and see what they can do. I wanted to stay close tonight to make sure that we had some structure, organization and continuity. There were times when the guys did things as a group that we did last year and haven’t even talked about doing, which is good to see.”
On the keys to the game:
“The key for us was that we had 70 points in the paint. They were 9-of-34 from the three-point line, so we held them at 26 percent from the three-point line which was huge. They only shot 39 percent from the field total. We came back from a deficit in the first half with rebounding.”
“Marc (Gasol) just took control of the glass and dominated. We had some good play. Mike Conley played extremely well. Quincy (Pondexter) shot the ball well in the first half. He didn’t get to play as much in the second half, but he shot the ball well. We need him to play better defense. I thought Rudy (Gay) was outstanding in passing the ball and scoring down the stretch. He did a nice job on Rudy Fernandez on defense. We did a nice job. We had 11, three in a row stops. Sometimes we didn’t get the loose ball or the rebound, but we did stop them.”
“Them missing and us forcing turnovers was the key to us having a relatively easy game. We got tight a few times down the stretch, but at no point did I feel like we couldn’t score and come back for win. They could have made some threes if we didn’t guard, but we did guard.”
On the game:
“It was a good start. It is a good baseline to draw on and it was a tough test as I thought it would be. I am glad it is over and we can get back to playing the teams in the NBA and the way they play. Obviously, we are in the West and there are a lot of teams that play small so I have to get ready for it.”
On the team at this point last year compared to this year:
“Obviously, we are further along. When you have continuity and a core group of guys that have been around a while you are just naturally going to be further along. I think one of the things that I was proud of was that they were doing some things on their own that they decided to do offensively and defensively, which is what you would like to see. They showed growth and continued to work through some adversity. They just played.”
On Real Madrid:
“There are a lot of guys I played with on the national team, and a lot of guys that I played against in my time overseas six or 7 years ago. So I know most of them. It’s really fun to beat them. It’s also an honor to be an ambassador of the city of Memphis and show the guys around, and taking them out to dinner and showing them what the city of Memphis is about.”
On the game:
“Just getting up and down, and to execute; keep the ball moving. We weren’t consistent overall, but we did good the first half. It was good to finish it out. It was good to be back at the Forum and see the stands full of people.”
On the win:
“We did a good job of being patient and not panicking. We were real posed in that situation. They are a good team. They are a team that’s been playing together for awhile. For us to do that on the first night out, and first game was good.”
On the game:
“It felt like a regular season game to me. We felt like we played regular season minutes. We were out there just trying to win the game. That’s how it is, just trying to win and playing hard every possession.”
On the loss of Dana Davis:
“It will be tough tomorrow. Dana Davis was such a big part of this organization, a part of my life and a lot of the guys lives. Tomorrow we are going to take a day off from practice and go to the funeral as a team to honor him. It’s going to be tough for all of us. It seems like everyone is lost. He was always the guy you looked to when you needed something or direction. It was tough not to see him out there watching me warm up like he normally does; giving me a high-five after the starting lineup, a few things he does every single night. We are going to miss him.”