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Gametime: Grizzlies at Thunder - Apr. 2, 2012


Final: Grizzlies 94, Thunder 88 - April 2, 2012

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Key Run of the Night

The lead changed hands 12 times but with the Thunder rallying to in the last minute to close the gap to a single point Mayo's bomb from 25 feet out detonated any OKC hopes.

O.J. Mayo scored 22 points, including a game-clinching 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds remaining, and Marreese Speights pulled down a game-high 13 boards in the Grizzlies' 94-88 road win over the Thunder on Monday night. Tony Allen had 15 points while Rudy Gay chipped in with 12 for the Grizzlies, who have won four of their last five.

Highlight of the Night

Game Notes

  • This is just the third game this season Oklahoma City has been held under 90 points...OKC limited Memphis to just 39.1 percent shooting. The Grizzlies are the 15th opponent held to less than 40 percent shooting this season. The Thunder has now lost two of those games.
  • Memphis finished the first half hitting just 30.6 percent (15-for-49)

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the Grizzlies’ win:

“We had a good contribution from a lot of people. I thought Gil (Gilbert Arenas) playing Durant for the minutes he was in there helped us. We didn’t get destroyed from their small line-up tonight…I thought our defense was outstanding. They had no more than 24 points in a quarter. We held them to 88 points in the game. We matched them on the boards. We got 14 offensive rebounds. We shot 39.0% tonight and still won the game. That was just outstanding defense by our group and outstanding rebounding by our group, and we just made enough shots and plays down the stretch to win the game.”

On O.J. Mayo:

“The Juice (O.J. Mayo) has his hands on the ball all the time and that gives him the green-light to pull the trigger and that keeps him in rhythm. He just made some big shots. The last play we set it up to run the pick and roll one side and I said that when the ball got back it would probably go to Juice, but Marc rolled and then it went to him, then he bobbled the ball then he got it him and then Juice hit the big shot to ice the game. It’s just a big win and we played with confidence and were very physical with them.”

Tony Allen

On tonight’s win:

“Great team win, start to finish and guys paid attention to detail…O.J Mayo was aggressive on the offensive end and hit big shots. Like I said, great team win, everybody played their part and this is what happens when you pay attention to detail for the whole 48 minutes.”

On Arenas’ defense on Kevin Durant:

“He surprised me. A few days ago, we saw Durant play Houston and Arenas said he use to defend him in Washington. He got his chance to defend him tonight and he frustrated Durant. That is the good thing about our team, we can mix it up and mix and match. I am excited about this win because we needed it for our confidence.”

On the defensive effort:

“The key was defending without fouling, each guy helping and understanding that we are a team and we win as a team. We paid attention to coach Hollings’ details on the offensive end and coach Joerger’s details on the defensive end for a full 48 minutes.”

Gilbert Arenas

On tonight’s game:

“We let a couple of games slip away the past few weeks and so we were looking forward to this game and especially playing this team. We played hard and got the win tonight.”

On his defense on Durant:

“He is use to bigger guys on him and just shooting over them when he gets space. I defended him in D.C and I knew that I needed to crowd him a little bit and make him uncomfortable. I wanted him on the block, and I had to pull out a few of my veteran tricks with pulling the chair from underneath him.”

On the play of O.J. Mayo:

“Today is one of those days where we had Juice (O.J Mayo) on fire so I tried to play the best I can as a point guard and play well on the defensive end.”