MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After playing in a first-half funk, the Memphis Grizzlies finally relied on better team basketball in the second half.
“I think as the game went on, especially late in the fourth quarter, we finally made the right play,” said guard Mike Conley, who added 17 points and six assists. “The play to Rudy at the end with the 3 was a prime example of the right play, and we finally made it.”
Marc Gasol had 15 points and Zach Randolph added 13 for Memphis, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Randolph, Gay and Gasol had nine rebounds apiece, helping the Grizzlies to a 53-40 advantage on the boards.
“We gave ourselves an opportunity, but we just couldn’t make plays down the stretch.”
John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points and six assists. Jordan Crawford finished with 22 points, and Kevin Seraphin had 12 points and 12 rebounds as Washington lost for the fifth time in the last six.
“It was just us playing team basketball,” Gay said. “That’s one thing about us, the way we’ve been playing. If they take away one thing, try the next option. If that option is taken away, we have another option for that.”
Washington carried a 48-45 lead into intermission after an ugly first half that involved poor shooting, poor ballhandling and little flow.
The Wizards shot better at 45 percent, but committed 10 turnovers. Memphis managed only 38 percent from the field and had seven turnovers.
“We were basically just trying to find our way,” Gay said. “I didn’t feel like we didn’t know what we were doing. It was kind of like we were a step slow.”View Entire Story
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