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Postgame Summary: Grizzlies 99, Pacers 78

Grizzlies vs. Pacers tipoff

March 19, 2011

Memphis out-paces Indiana

Tony Allen tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds and Zach Randolph and Mike Conley added 17 points apiece to help the Grizzlies 99-78 home win over the Pacers. Darrell Arthur came off the bench for eight points. Game Recap | Box Score | Discuss

Postgame Notes

  • Memphis outscored Indiana 68-24 in the paint, surpassing the Pacers’ total in the second quarter alone (26-6)… The Grizzlies outscored the Pacers 31-21 in the second quarter, making 15 of their 20 shot attempts (.750).
  • Memphis swept Indiana for the second consecutive season in a battle between the eight seeds and the Western and Eastern Conferences… The Grizzlies’ four-game winning streak over the Pacers is their longest in the all-time series.
  • The Grizzlies improved to a league-best 15-1 this season when facing an opponent who is playing on the second night of a back-to-back… Memphis is now 12-0 at FedExForum in such games.
  • Memphis bettered its home record to 24-10 this season, already surpassing its home win total from the 2009-10 season with seven more to play at FedExForum.
  • Memphis has not lost to a team with a losing record at home since Dec. 21 vs. New Jersey (9-0).
  • In seven of the Pacers’ last eight losses, they have not held a lead larger than four points… Including tonight, four of those eight losses have been wire-to-wire defeats.
  • Indiana, which shot just .356 from the field, had just 11 assists on 26 made baskets… No Pacer had more than two assists.
  • Memphis did not make a three-pointer (0-of-9 3FG) for the second time this season (Jan. 21 vs. Houston)… They have won both of those games.
  • Stat of the Night: Memphis’ backcourt of Tony Allen (six steals) and Mike Conley (four) generated 10 of the Grizzlies’ 16 steals, leading them to 26 fast break points on 20 forced turnovers… Ten fast break points were scored by Memphis in the opening minutes when the team jumped out to a 17-2 advantage.
  • Key Run of the Night: Memphis started the game on a 17-2 run, with 10 of those points coming off fast breaks… The lead grew to as many as 25 in the first half, and the Grizzlies led by double figures for the entire second half.

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The night belonged to Tony Allen, who led Memphis in scoring (19 points), rebounding (career-high 11) and steals (season-high tying six)… Allen also handed out a season-high six assists and blocked one shot in 34 minutes.

Zach Randolph finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds for his 48th double-double of the season (4th in the NBA) and 300th of his career.

They said...

Lionel Hollins

Coach Hollins

On the game:
We were very focused. We talked about it yesterday. We tried to get back to playing our roles and what we’re good at. I knew that they (Pacers) had played the night before, too. They had a big win last night. I knew if we could come out and jump them early, then we could take control of the game, and we did that. We held a very good offensive team down. Tyler (Hansbrough) has been playing well, and we held him under his average. We held Danny (Granger) under his average. I just thought it was an outstanding team effort. Offensively we had a little bit of a low early in the fourth quarter, but we just turned it back up again. I’m just happy for another win. We’re just trying to take them one at a time as we get toward the end of the season. We have 12 games left, and we want to try to win as many of those games as we can.

On Tony Allen:
Tony is a slasher. There are a lot of nights when the lane is open and he cuts or drives to the basket and scores. He’s not a consistent outside shooter, but he can get it going some nights. That’s why his scoring is inconsistent—because of the shooting. I think he’s done a nice job of finding his niche in the league with finding places to score. If you double up on him, he cuts to the basket. He pushes the ball, he runs the lane, he attacks the basket, and he stays with what he does best.

Tony Allen

Tony Allen

On the win:
Guys just had the energy to come out and play D today. All the guys had long conversations with Coach (Lionel Hollins) yesterday and whatever Coach told each individual, they went out there and tried to respond. I think we need to talk to Coach a little more often.

On his role with the Grizzlies:
It’s bigger than me. I’m looking at the standings everyday for where we need to be. I’m just looking to do whatever I can to help whether it is passing out water, giving somebody a towel, congratulating someone or giving them some advice about the previous play or the next play; I just want to be able to help in any way possible.