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Grizzlies shut down Sixers, 92-84
The Memphis Grizzlies tightened its defense in the fourth quarter to hold off the Philadelphia 76ers 92-84 at FedExForum on Sunday evening.
The Grizz forced the Sixers into eight turnovers in the fourth quarter alone and 27 in the game, a season-high for the Grizzlies defense as they improved to 10-8 on the season.
For the fifth game in a row, Philadelphia held a lead late in the fourth, but again couldn’t find a way to hold on and moved to 0-18 while still searching for the first win of the season.
Matt Barnes played an instrumental part in the win as he littered the stats sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. With a plus-minus of 11 to lead all players, the Grizzlies moved to 8-0 in games where Barnes finishes in the positive in that category.
Randolph returned from knee soreness to his reliable production and performance, recording his fifth double-double of the season with a 17-point, 11-rebound outing. Marc Gasolled the team in boards with 12, but just missed out on another double-double as he finished with nine points. Point guard Mike Conley’s 20 points led all scorers, and he added four rebounds and five assists.
Isaiah Canaan led the Sixers with 16 points, while rookie Jahlil Okafor finished just shy of a double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds.
Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball, combining for 53 turnovers. Memphis turned it over 26 times, which resulted in 28 points for the 76ers, while scoring 25 off of the Sixers’ turnovers. Philadelphia entered tonight’s game averaging 18.5 turnovers per game, but it was a rare night for the Grizzlies, who are usually among the top teams in turnover differentials.
Memphis held a 37-31 lead after the first half, and extended the lead to as much as 10 early in the third frame, but the Sixers caught on fire from beyond the arc while taking advantage of seven turnovers for 14 points to outscore the Grizzlies 36-27 and take a three-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The Sixers shot 63.6 percent both from the field (14-for-22), and on three-pointers (7-for-11) in the frame, with six different players hitting from long range. Four of the seven three-pointers came in the final 5:18 when Robert Covingtontied the game at 51. -- Jared Emerson/Grizzlies.com
Key Stats of the Night
- Both teams combined for 53 turnovers tonight… Memphis finished the game with 26 turnovers, a team season-high, resulting in 28 points for the 76ers… Philadelphia had 27 turnovers, leading to 25 points for Memphis… Heading into tonight’s game, the Grizzlies led the NBA in turnover differential per game (-3.6) while the 76ers were the league’s worst (+3.7).
Key Run of the Night
- With 7:47 remaining in the game and trailing 71-76, the Grizzlies went on a 15-1 run to climb back from the deficit and take a nine-point lead (86-77) with 3:09 on the clock.
On Zach Randolph's effect on pace
I think their length affected him. I think he was a little rusty at first, thinking that he had sealed guys off and their youthfulness, their length, and their athleticism got a couple of shots blocked. But I thought he was pretty good. Bringing him back and he played 32 minutes, he wanted to play more, but I didn’t know that he could finish if I went to him too early, so I thought about the seven minute mark, eight minute mark, I was going to be able to put him in and let him finish and he did.
-- Coach David Joerger
On forcing Sixers to 27 turnovers
There was a lot of pressure, guys wanted to compete and get after them and we did that. They scored 13 points in the first quarter. Our defense was very, very solid. We were nervous at halftime, it was very similar to Atlanta. We had forced 13 turnovers, they were 3-for-16 from the three-point line, and it was a two possession game. It was really very scary and as coaches we don’t talk about that stuff with the players, but they’re going to make and they came out and hit seven threes in the third quarter. When you’re a team that puts them up like they do, you’re going to knock some down. So if they had cut their turnovers down and made a couple of threes, which is what they did in the third quarter, I think that scares all of us.
-- Coach David Joerger
On the third quarter
You have to stay poised in all those situations. They had absolutely nothing to lose there. They are out there playing as hard as any other team. They are scrapping and giving you different looks. It was an unorthodox type of situation but at the end of the day we stay true to what we do. We executed when we needed to and we got stops when we needed to, made free throws when we needed to. Luckily we were able to pull it out.
-- Mike Conley
On the turnovers
I panic when I have two turnovers and anything over that is unlike me. So for our team to have 20-plus turnovers is not like us. We want to be a better team at taking care of the ball and we have to be much better than that. Our focus has to be a lot better.
-- Mike Conley
- Tonight marked the return of Zach Randolph’s from a five-game absence due to a sore right knee… He finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds to record his fifth double-double of the season.
- Mike Conley tallied 20 points and dished out five assists on the night… He has scored 20+ points five times in the last eight games.
- Marc Gasol pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds on the night to go with nine points, three assists and four blocks in 39 minutes.
- Matt Barnes scored 13 points off the bench and led the team in +/- rating (+11)… Memphis is 8-0 this season when Barnes records a positive +/- rating.
- Jeff Green scored 13 points and extended his streak of consecutive free throws made to a franchise-record 40 straight… Green surpassed Marc Gasol (36) for the club record streak just six days after Gasol passed Anthony Peeler (34)… Peeler held the old record, which ended on March 6, 1997, for 6,838 days (or 18 years, eight months and 19 days).
- Jahlil Okafor finished just shy of a double-double with nine points (3-of-11 FG) and 13 rebounds.
- Robert Covington recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, seven steals and eight turnovers… Covington tallied his third consecutive game with at least six steals, which is the longest such streak by an NBA player in nearly 30 years (when Alvin Robertson had at least six takeaways in six straight contests from Nov. 15-28, 1986).
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