NBA Game Summary - Memphis at New Orleans|
(Friday, December 7th)
Final Score: Memphis 96, New Orleans 89
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Rudy Gay matched a season-best with 28
points and the Memphis Grizzlies held off the New Orleans Hornets down the
stretch to record a 96-89 road victory on Friday.
Gay shot 10-of-18 from the field, while Quincy Pondexter made all six of his
shot attempts -- four of which came from 3-point range -- in a 16-point effort
as the Grizzlies posted their sixth win in seven games and improved their NBA-
best season record to 14-3.
Zach Randolph added 15 points for Memphis, which led from the first quarter on
and were ahead by as many as 14 points in the second half before the Hornets
put forth an unsuccessful comeback try.
"Every time we come to New Orleans it's always a fight to the finish," said
Randolph afterward. "It's a boxing match. It was a good game, we played hard
and everyone contributed. Rudy Gay also had a great game tonight. It was a
Austin Rivers had a career-high 15 points and Ryan Anderson and Brian
Roberts also netted 15 for the Hornets, who finished off a 5-game homestand
An 8-0 run in which Randolph was responsible for the first six points enabled
Memphis to overcome an early 14-12 disadvantage just past the midway mark of
the first quarter, and the Grizzlies would steadily increase the margin over
the next two periods.
The lead grew to double-digits during a 12-4 second-quarter spurt in which the
Grizzlies knocked down four 3-pointers, including a pair from Pondexter. His
last one capped off the flurry and put Memphis up by a 43-33 count with 2:19
remaining in the half.
"He has been working on his shot a lot," said Randolph of Pondexter. "'Q' has
been playing great ball and his play has been what we need."
Memphis went 5-of-9 from beyond the arc over the initial two quarters, and Gay
poured in 15 of his points prior to intermission to spur the Grizzlies to a
51-39 advantage at the break.
The Grizzlies maintained a double-digit cushion late into the third quarter,
but New Orleans began to whittle away at its deficit thereafter. The Hornets
closed out the frame with an 8-2 sequence culminating in Roberts' deep 3-
pointer just before the buzzer that pulled his team within 71-66.
New Orleans continued to draw closer, and a Jason Smith layup off a Roberts
feed trimmed Memphis' edge to 86-85 with 3:45 to go. The Grizzlies countered
with a 10-2 run, however, to keep their opponent at bay.
Gay's 3-pointer with 2:10 left play provided Memphis with some breathing room
at 94-87, and Randolph put the contest out of reach after tipping in a Mike
Conley miss off a New Orleans turnover with 40.6 seconds on the final clock.
"It's close to the right effort," said Hornets head coach Monty Williams. "We
competed; we played hard. If we could (only) add some more execution that
complements the effort. I'm proud of how we competed, but my heart aches
because you lost a game you had a chance to win."
Gay also netted 28 points in a win at Oklahoma City on Nov. 14 and has now
registered at least 14 points in a career-best 20 consecutive games ...
Rivers' previous career high was 14 points, which the rookie lottery pick set
two times prior ... Memphis guard Tony Allen returned to action after missing
three straight games with a groin strain and contributed six points and three
steals in 22 minutes ... Xavier Henry drew his first start of the season for
New Orleans and finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting ... The Hornets
shot 8-of-16 from 3-point range for the game ... New Orleans center Robin
Lopez entered the contest with four straight double-digit scoring efforts, but
managed only two points while going 1-of-6 from the field and committing four
12/07 23:23:35 ET