Rewind: Pacers vs. Grizzlies 120210
Friday, Feb. 10 at Memphis
The Pacers encountered another new experience Friday in Memphis, albeit one they'd rather do without: a losing streak.
In a game that was tight throughout -- tied after each of the first three quarters -- the Grizzlies put together a late 7-1 run to create just enough breathing room to hang on for a 98-92 victory over visiting Indiana in FedEx Forum.
As a result, the Pacers (17-9), who lost 97-87 Wednesday in Atlanta, have consecutive losses for the first time this season. They've lost five in a row to the Grizzlies and their last four trips to Memphis.
The Grizzlies (14-13) won their second in a row.
BY THE NUMBERS
David West had his fifth double-double, but first since Jan. 9, with season highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 8 of 13 from the field and 6 of 10 from the line. Danny Granger battled foul trouble and finished with 19 points, including 4 of 5 from the 3-point line. Dahntay Jones had 10 points off the bench. In his first game since being selected an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve, Roy Hibbert shot 1 of 7 and had a season-low five points and seven rebounds. Paul George had a career-high 10 rebounds but shot 2 of 13. The Pacers shot 39 percent overall and were 5 of 21 in the fourth quarter.
Rudy Gay led Memphis with 21 points. Marreese Speights was the X-factor with a season-high 19 points, adding nine rebounds. Marc Gasol had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Mike Conley scored 15 and O.J. May 13 for the Grizzlies, who shot 47 percent and committed just 10 turnovers.
"Memphis made plays down the stretch in a close game at both ends of the court that they needed to make. They made more plays than we did, and it just cost us the game. We felt like we could win if we won the rebounding battle and the transition battle, and we won both of those areas, but we got out-executed in the half-court. Our half-court defense wasn’t good enough and our half-court offense wasn’t good enough, and it cost us the game." - Pacers Coach Frank Vogel
"We missed a lot and I think that was a big reason we lost the game honestly. We execute our offense and we want to get fouled. Usually we shoot around 80 percent on free throws and we missed 10 in the first half. We should have been up by eight or seven, or six, or five going into halftime if we make half of those. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot but Memphis took advantage of it and won the game." - Granger on missed free throws
"The biggest different was the willingness to win. They had a little bit more will than us. They wanted it more and that's something that we just can't have. Road or at home, we've got to try and find a way to win games and tonight was that case." - Pacers guard Darren Collison
STAT OF THE GAME
In their last three games against Memphis, all losses, the Pacers have averaged 86.7 points, .365 shooting overall and .299 from the 3-point line. Hibbert has struggled mightily against fellow All-Star Gasol, going 6-of-25 from the field.
Gay's three-point play capped a 9-0 run that put Memphis up 86-77 with 7:04 remaining. With Granger on the bench with five fouls, the Pacers missed eight shots in a row over a span of more than six minutes but Dahntay Jones broke the drought with a 3-pointer and West scored in the post as Indiana came back to tie it at 86-all with 4:35 remaining.
The offense went dry again as the Pacers produced just one free throw in the next 3½ minutes as Memphis pulled out to a 93-87 lead with 1:09 remaining. Though West and Granger both scored in the final minute, the Grizzlies sealed it at the free-throw line.
Tied after the first (at 22) and second (at 47) periods, the teams were tied at 73 through three. The Grizzlies came out hot behind Gay and took a 58-51 lead but the Pacers came back behind their bench later in the period.
The Pacers missed 10 free throws in the first half, a big reason they were left with a 47-all tie at the break. Memphis jumped out to a 10-3 lead but the Pacers quickly countered behind Granger, who scored eight in a 12-3 run that put Indiana up 15-13 and it was tight the rest of the half, with neither team leading by more than five.
Granger scored 11 in the half and West had 10 points and nine boards but was just 2 of 6 from the line. Speights was an unexpected force for the Grizzlies with 14 points and six rebounds.
Jeff Foster made his first appearance since Jan. 14, missing the previous 13 games with a sore lower back. In 12.7 minutes he produced six points and seven rebounds. He will not play Saturday against Denver because it is the second night of a back-to-back. … The Pacers lost for the first time in 17 games when they scored at least 90 points. … Memphis forward Dante Cunningham was ejected in the third quarter after picking up two technical fouls. … George Hill missed his fifth in a row with a chip fracture in his left ankle. … Tony Allen returned for the Grizzlies after missing three games with hip and knee issuess
Returning home for their next two, the Pacers wrap up a back-to-back set against Denver Saturday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, WIBC 93 FM). The Pacers beat the Nuggets 144-113 at home last November but Denver has won three of the past four, averaging 116.8 points in the process. Denver (15-12) is riding a five-game losing streak.