Remember that time I thought that the Grizzlies would be lucky to sniff 90 points in a game against a good defensive team like Philadelphia? Per usual, I was dead wrong.
The Grizzlies shot 55% from the field on their way to a 103-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night on the road.
All-Star snub Marc Gasol dropped 27 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists including his first made three-pointer of the season. Gasol put the Grizzlies up late and closed the game out with a blocked Philadelphia three-point shot at the buzzer. The clock sounded before the ball went out of bounds and the Grizzlies rebounded in a big way on the road after a head-scratching home loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday afternoon.
Following up one of his worst performances in a Memphis Grizzlies uniform was Rudy Gay playing an excellent offensive game with 26 points and 7 rebounds, including the shot that put the Grizzlies up late in the 4th quarter with a putback off of a Memphis missed shot.
Philadelphia actually led by 13 at the end of the first quarter and the 76ers looked like they were on their way to an easy win, but the Grizzlies persevered and outscored Philly by 16 points in the second quarter to lead at halftime. The game was tied entering the fourth quarter and the outcome wasn’t decided until Gasol swatted that final shot away.
The Grizzlies played and won without Mike Conley Jr. as he sat out because of an injury he sustained in Sunday’s game against the Hornets.
Zach Randolph had one of his worst games in Memphis as he had only four points on 2-7 shooting but did make up for it on the glass with 12 rebounds. Jerryd Bayless filled in more than admirably in Conley’s absence with 21 points and 9 assists.
Memphis only used eight players against Philadelphia with Chris Johnson logging an impressive 26 minutes, quite a lot when you consider that Hollins usually keeps young guys on a short leash.