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Postgame Summary: Grizzlies 107, Thunder 101

Grizzlies

March 1, 2011

Grizzlies defeat Thunder

Tony Allen and Mike Conley each scored 20 points, and the Grizzlies beat the visting Thunder 107-101 Monday in large part because Memphis turned the ball over just seven times. Conley added nine assists without a turnover while Marc Gasol scored 18. Game Recap | Box Score | Discuss

Postgame Notes

  • The Grizzlies had a season-low tying seven turnovers, which held the Thunder to just nine points off turnovers and 14 fastbreak points.
  • Memphis, the league leader in points in the paint, scored 68 of its 107 points down low tonight compared to 46 for Oklahoma City.
  • The Grizzlies, who own a 9-6 record against the top 4 teams in the Western Conference (San Antonio, Dallas, LA Lakers, Oklahoma City) won the season series with the Thunder (3-1) for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when OKC was then the Seattle SuperSonics… One night prior, Memphis won the season series with Dallas (3-1) for the first time in franchise history.
  • Memphis improved to 14-3 in its last 17 games at FedExForum (17-6 in its last 23 games overall).
  • The Grizzlies remain one game back of the Portland Trail Blazers for the seventh seed in the Western Conference Playoffs… Portland won 89-86 tonight at Orlando.
  • Memphis and Oklahoma City extended their streak of games decided by single digits or in overtime to 12, which is the longest active streak in the NBA.
  • When facing opponents who are playing the second night of a back-to-back, Memphis is a league-best 14-1… When the second game of a back-to-back is played at FedExForum, the Grizzlies are a perfect 11-0.
  • Stats of the Night: Mike Conley finished with a team-high tying 20 points and a game-high nine assists with zero turnovers… In his last two games, wins against Dallas and Oklahoma City, Conley has totaled 37 points and 19 dimes to just one turnover.
  • The last 12 games Conley has gone for at least nine assists, Memphis is undefeated.

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Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph...

tallied 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals… It marked his career-high fourth consecutive game with multiple steals and his seventh game with four-plus assists in his last 12.

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Lionel Hollins

Coach Hollins

On the win:
I never once thought it was going to be an easy game or a blowout. They played last night and we were coming home so obviously we were going to have more energy in the beginning. They just kept going smaller. In the first half, we hurt them when they went small. In the second half, they hurt us. They started raining threes. We tried to play zone so we could stay big, but we just didn’t execute in the zone. I had to make some changes. It was hard to keep my big guys in, both were playing well – Marc (Gasol) and Zach (Randolph). I just decided at the end to go with Zach. Mike Conley made some big plays. We had a couple of big offensive rebounds. One was by Shane (Battier) and one by Tony Allen. The big steal by Zach at the end of the game was huge because we go right back down and we get the two free throws on the breakaway. It was a tough, hard-fought game, and that’s a very good team there. We turned the ball over only seven times, which limited them to 14 fastbreak points. They didn’t get to the free throw line. They have three guys that get to the free throw line a lot – (James) Harden, (Kevin) Durant and (Russell) Westbrook. We limited the two main guys (Westbrook and Durant) to five each, and the other guy (Harden) only got to the free throw line twice. That was huge (to the victory). We finally started getting some stops maintained our lead.

On rotating players with new additions:
We’ve been going with J-Will (Jason Williams) and we’ll continue to go with him. J-Will’s back tightened up tonight, but so I’m glad Ish (Smith) is here because there are a lot of quick guards in the west (conference). We have to have somebody to keep them (quick guards) in front. Ish did a nice job (tonight. He did a nice job last night as well. We will continue to play what we need. That’s why you have 12 guys on a roster. We went right down with everybody in regards to that. I had Sam (Young) on the bench for a while, and then I brought him back for O.J. (Mayo). It’s just a game. That’s the coach’s responsibility; to try to have the right people in the game at the right time. It’s just a challenge that comes with the job0. 3.

On Mike Conley's performance:
As long as he’s aggressive and attacking he’s going to be effective. He won’t always shoot the ball well from the outside. In fact, he was 0-for-5 from the three-point line, but he was still getting to the basket and he hurt them two or three times late (in the game). The play that was huge was when he attacked, faked and came back and shot a jump hook when the two big guys (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka were going to block his shot. He makes that bucket and puts us up by four. That was the breather that we needed at that time. I think it was inside 40 seconds. That was huge. He continues to grow as a player. I don’t want to single him out because our team has grown. I think all guys are playing well. We seemed to be focused and we are committed to doing what we do most of the time.