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Postgame Summary: Grizzlies 111, Spurs 104

If life was hard for the San Antonio Spurs without Tim Duncan, it didn’t get any easier without Manu Ginobili or Head Coach Gregg Popovich in Memphis Sunday night as the Spurs fell to the Grizzlies, 111-104. Game Recap | Box Score | Discuss on the Fan Boards

Postgame Summary:
Grizzlies 111, Spurs 104

March 27, 2011

 

Grizzlies defeat Spurs

If life was hard for the San Antonio Spurs without Tim Duncan, it didn’t get any easier without Manu Ginobili or Head Coach Gregg Popovich in Memphis Sunday night as the Spurs fell to the Grizzlies, 111-104. Game Recap | Box Score | Discuss on the Fan Boards

Postgame Notes

  • Memphis finished the week to date with a 3-1 record in a four-game slate against San Antonio (win), Chicago (loss), Boston (win) and Utah (win).
  • The Grizzlies improved to 10-6 this season against the top four seeds in the Western Conference (San Antonio, LA Lakers, Dallas, Oklahoma City)… Memphis split the season series with the Spurs (2-2) with each team winning its home games.
  • The Grizzlies won their 41st game this season, eclipsing last season’s win total (40-42) and guaranteeing them at least a .500 record for the first time since 2005-06.
  • Memphis bettered its record to 10-7 since Rudy Gay suffered his season-ending shoulder injury with 12 of those games coming against current playoff teams.
  • Memphis has won 24 of its last 30 home games since a 2-4 start to the season.
  • The Grizzlies are now 20-0 at FedExForum this season when leading at halftime.
  • Memphis shot .545 from the field, its sixth consecutive home game of above-.500 shooting, setting a new franchise record.
  • Memphis outrebounded San Antonio 40-27.
  • Stat of the Night: Zach Randolph scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, all in the final 5:09… Memphis improved to 9-0 this season when Z-Bo scores in double digits in the fourth quarter.
  • Key Run of the Night: Up by four points with 13.2 seconds remaining in the game, Tony Allen made two free throws to push the lead up to six and then stole the ensuing inbounds play from Matt Bonner and then made one more free throw to provide the final score.

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Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds, including 11 points in the fourth quarter… Since 2009-10, Z-Bo has six games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Spurs, double the number of any other NBA player (three tied with three).

Tony Allen scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and also totaled four rebounds, two steals and five steals… Allen has made 15 of his last 18 shots dating back to Friday at Chicago and shot 9-of-10 from the field tonight.

O.J. Mayo chipped in with 17 points (6-of-11 FG, 4-of-6 3FG) off the bench, recording his most threes made in a game since draining five treys against the Spurs on Dec. 18.

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Lionel Hollins

Coach Hollins

On the Grizzlies:
“We came out and we battled all year long. We played pretty well against the good teams in the West. I think we’re 10-6 over (the top four teams) in the West. We just battled, scratched and clawed. Our intensity level has been high. We’ve been executing pretty well and our defense has been outstanding. We’ve had two rough games with Miami and New York. I guess it was three with two New York games. Overall, we’ve been playing pretty good basketball. We’ve been doing that for a long time. That’s what it takes in the position we’re in. We have to avoid two, three, four or five game losing streaks. We’re coming down to the end. We’ve got to minimize our mistakes. I thought tonight was an unbelievable test of character and will. We were down three and there was a timeout. I talked to them about playing hard. The other team was playing harder than us. If we wanted to win, we were going to have to up our level. We went out and we did that. We got some steals. We executed. We started riding the horse. Zach (Randolph) got some points in the fourth quarter. We did what we do. We got some turnovers. We came back and rebounded the basketball. Tony (Allen) hit a big jumper. Zach was doing his thing.”

On the Spurs:
“It was just a great win because of the circumstances of how the Spurs play and how well they play. We have to give them a lot of credit. Everybody thought they would just die on the vine because of (Tim) Duncan being out. Of course, they haven’t won yet, but they’re still right there. Everybody won’t be able to beat the Spurs. I’m just happy we’re one of the teams that were able to do it.”

On the win:
“It was everything. They went small, for one. We tried to stay big as much as we could. I kept Marc (Gasol) in the game and went back with Zach (Randolph). We just battled. Little guys got rebounds. Mike (Conley) came back and got one or two. Tony (Allen) came back and got a couple. It’s just what you have to do. It was a dog fight. When I looked at the numbers, we dominated them on the glass 40-27, but it didn’t look that way through the spurts of the game.”

On having veteran players on the team:
“Having a guy like Zach Randolph, he is going to bring it. He’s going to get in there and score or foul. They have to come double him or something. To have veterans that have been there like Tony (Allen), Leon Powe and Shane (Battier) and even J-Will (Jason Williams), even though he’s not playing, helps. Those guys have been there. They understand what it takes and keep poised. Even if our young get rattled, we have guys that are telling them, ‘Get your head back in it, don’t worry about it, do this, do that.’ Those are the type of things that keep your ball club solid.”

On O.J. Mayo:
“He’s been playing well. He’s been shooting the ball well. We had a conversation and I told him, ‘Shoot the ball when you’re open. That’s what you do. I’ve never taken you out when you miss shots, so don’t think that you can’t take a shot because you might miss it. You can’t make them if you don’t shoot them.’ He’s come on and shot the ball extremely well. It’s important for us to go forward and that he continues to shoot the ball well. He’s a big factor on our squad. We need him to make shots.”

On 41 wins:
“We have a long ways to go. Forty-one was not our goal at the start of the season. It’s still not our goal. It’s a milestone in terms of being able to finish .500, which this team hasn’t done in a few years. It’s good for the organization and our fans. For us, we still have a lot of work to do. I said coming into this week there were a lot of teams beneath us that were looking at us in Boston as a loss and probably looking at us in Chicago as a loss, and San Antonio is a loss, so to get two out of three, we put a little crinkle in their paper. That’s what it’s all about – going out there and competing every night. I love how hard our guys play, how physical they play. They get after it and just keep coming. I had to get on them early in the game because their focus wasn’t there. They had good energy, but they didn’t have good focus."

Tony Allen

Tony Allen

On tonight’s game:
“Everybody was focused tonight. We wanted to come home and take care of home. With five more games left at home, we just want to finish out being strong at home. This being a possible match-up in the playoffs, I think the guys were just focused and in a playoff type atmosphere and we were able to play hard for 48 minutes.”

On the game atmosphere:
“That is playoff basketball. Guys get a little riled up and the lead got a little shaky, we just had to keep our poise and give a lot of credit to our bench. (The) Shane Battier’s of the world, Darrell Arthur, Leon Powe and Greivis Vasquez did great tonight. Have to give credit to our bench.”

On the personal performance:
“I am definitely confident. It is bigger than just me. It is my team and what we are trying to accomplish together. I just like the fact that my teammates are supportive of me on both sides of the court.”