Grizzlies vs. Spurs highlights
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Grizzlies slide past Spurs
In a matchup between two of the top three defensive teams in the league, the Memphis Grizzlies came out on top and defeated the San Antonio Spurs 89-74 at FedExForum Monday night to start a three-game home stand.
Memphis snapped the Spurs’ 27-game streak of games scoring 100-or-more points and held them to a season low 74 points. The last time the Spurs were held below 100 points was on Dec. 8 at Chicago in their 95-91 loss against the Bulls.
Shooting only 39.5 percent from the field, Memphis relied on their defensive effort and became the first team this season to defeat the Spurs despite shooting under 40 percent. Memphis also held a significant advantage in second chance points scoring 14 while the Spurs only had four.
Starting their first game of their annual Rodeo Road trip without All-Star Kawhi Leonard in the Memphis matchup due to a quad contusion, the Spurs struggled to connect from the field in the fourth quarter and were outscored 20-9, tying a season-low for points scored in a quarter for San Antonio. It also marked the least amount of points scored in any quarter by a Grizzlies opponent. The Spurs shot only 3-of-25 (.120) from the field in the fourth period and missed all five of their three-point attempts.
San Antonio entered the game leading the league in three-point percentage; however, both the Spurs and Grizzlies struggled offensively from beyond the arc with both teams shooting only 4-of-19 (.211) from three-point range.
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph both led Memphis with a game-high 15 points each. Gasol also posted seven rebounds in 34 minutes while Randolph grabbed six boards in 23 minutes off the bench.
Mike Conley scored in double figures for the 39th time this season, posting 12 points and nine assists in 35 minutes.
Vince Carter recorded seven points, six rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes. The last time Carter had four blocks in a game was on April 13, 2009 against the Charlotte Bobcats while he was a member of the New Jersey Nets. He became just the fifth 40-year-old in NBA history to block four-or-more shots in a game, joining Dikembe Mutombo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish and Karl Malone.
His first home game this season, Brandan Wright connected on all four of his field goal attempts to record a season-high nine points, three rebounds and three blocks in only 14 minutes.
David Lee led the Spurs with 14 points and three rebounds in 17 minutes while Dewayne Dedmon and Manu Ginobili both had 12 each. LaMarcus Aldridge recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes.
The Grizzlies continue their home stand on Wednesday, Feb. 8 as they take on the Phoenix Suns at 7 p.m. Come support the Grizzlies live at FedExForum, watch on FOX Sports Southeast presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN.
Key Stat of the Night
- In the fourth quarter, Memphis held San Antonio to just nine points on 3-of-25 shooting (.120). The Spurs’ nine points tied a season-low for points scored in any quarter and were the least points scored in any quarter by a Grizzlies opponent. Their .120 shooting percentage was a Spurs’ season-low for any quarter and a season-low for any Grizzlies opponent in any quarter.
On having the entire team healthy and available to play It’s nice to have everybody healthy and available. (Brandan) Wright was great tonight in his minutes, obviously. Toney Douglas continues to find ways to really impact the game. Tonight, I thought defensively he really set a tone coming off the bench. Still, knowing that I have guys like Troy Daniels there at my disposal, Andrew Harrison is a value to me, because I have a lot of confidence in those guys. No one is ever out of the rotation really, and they all have earned that right throughout the course of this year.-- Coach Fizdale
On playing a short-handed Spurs team Obviously it’s nice to catch the Spurs without Kawhi (Leonard) and Pau (Gasol), so I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. You are talking about two big time players right there that they are missing, but you’ve got to play the game that’s in front of you and I was really happy with the way we played this game and our approach to it.-- Coach Fizdale
On Brandan Wright He really brings a whole different element to our team. He’s a live threat. He’s a high-motor guy from end to end, whether that’s running offensively or defensively. There aren’t a lot of bigs that can sprint with guards in transition defense and then close the guards. He can do all of those things. He’s incredibly versatile in the pick-and-roll defense, and he’s a heck of a shot blocker. He brings a whole something we haven’t had to that position. Really what we want to develop Deyonta (Davis) to be is what Brandan Wright already does and has already had in his career. So, it’s really nice having that element to mix into our game.-- Coach Fizdale
On Vince Carter’s effort I think what helps the young guys more than his effort, is where he’s at right now. He’s next door lifting right now and he does that every game. He’s probably the one hitting the ball against the wall right now, and that’s the most important example that he can set for these young guys. It’s how to work, how to get better and how to not be satisfied but what he gives us on the court is invaluable. Everybody else is surprised that he’s doing this at 40, and Ron Rothstein always used to say, ‘I’m surprised you’re surprised.’ He finds a way to continue to help us, and it’s his approach every day. It’s the fact that he takes care of his body the way that he does and that he keeps a positive outlook on everything. It’s contagious to our team.-- Coach Fizdale
On getting close to playing the best possible basketball I think we’ve still got a ways to go. We haven’t seen what our best basketball can be. Not even close. I’m really happy with what we are starting to do. We haven’t done anything yet. I’d like to see us really put together a nice string of wins and doing it the right way. Not just getting bailed out of games, but really, like today digging in and doing what we set out to do.-- Coach Fizdale
On the game It was a good win. Body is feeling good. I am feeling good. I got my legs back so it’s going to be a good season for me.-- Brandan Wright
On lobs to the rim: Playing with what the defense gives us. We’ve got to be better in the paint. We haven’t been very good in the paint all year so that’s a big emphasis for us. Having a guy you can just throw it above the rim to is always good.-- Brandan Wright
On the difficulty of dealing with injuries: It’s just a mental thing. You can’t really get down. You’ve just got to keep going, keep trying to get better. I’m fortunate that I am back.-- Brandan Wright
On proving something against the Spurs: It doesn’t matter who plays for them. Traditionally in the past, they can sit their top three guys out and they still win games. We don’t want to take them lightly and it’s a big win for us. We’re moving up the standings.-- Brandan Wright
On thinking about the standings: I’m thinking about it now. Especially, four through seven is very, very close so we’ve just got to keep pushing. A five-game losing streak will put you back in seventh and that’s not where you want to be.-- Brandan Wright
On the lobs and energy he brings to the team: I just told Mike [Conley], TD [Troy Daniels], and Andrew [Harrison] just throw it up. I’m going to make it look good. It’s either going to be a foul or a bucket. I’ve got to get on the officials a little bit because sometimes they miss some things when it’s high in the air.-- Brandan Wright
On how his legs feel after a week: They feel good. Just trying to get back. Get my legs under me. Condition is getting better. It’s going great.-- Brandan Wright
On letting himself worry about injuries: Nope. Not one thing. Play every play like it might be the last.-- Brandan Wright
On having Brandan Wright back: B-Wright has been great since he’s been back. Everybody else is filling in. It was a team win. That’s a great team over there. The best coach ever. We’ve just got to keep playing and keep on building.-- Zach Randolph
On being established: I think our chemistry is starting to come. Guys are starting to fill into their roles and starting to play a lot better, especially on the defensive end.-- Zach Randolph
On attacking inside: Like you said, we just kept attacking and kept playing. Everybody just chipped in. We got stops, like I said. With a team like that, a championship team, you’ve got to keep on fighting because it’s never over until the clock runs out.”-- Zach Randolph
- LaMarcus Aldridge (13 points, 10 rebounds) recorded his 10th double-double of the season.li>
- Marc Gasol tied a game-high 15 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds, marking his 41st game with 15-or-more.
- Dewayne Dedmon had a game-high 12 rebounds, tying a season-high and the ninth time he has led the Spurs this season.
- Mike Conley had a game-high nine assists to go with 12 points.
- Vince Carter recorded a season-high four blocks, marking the first time he has done so since April 13, 2009 against the Charlotte Bobcats while a member of the New Jersey Nets.
- Brandan Wright knocked down all four of his field goal attempts en route to a season-high nine points to go with three rebounds in just 14 minutes.
- David Lee knocked down all six of field goal attempts for a team-high 14 points.