NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Houston|
(Friday, April 12th)
Final Score: Memphis 82, Houston 78
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Marc Gasol filled the stat sheet with 15
points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks, and the
Memphis Grizzlies held on to take an 82-78 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Zach Randolph also scored 15, while Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless chipped in
with 12 and 13 points, respectively, to push the Grizzlies a franchise-best 29
games above .500 and into a tie for the third seed in the West with Denver,
which lost to Dallas on Friday.
Both the Grizzlies and the Nuggets each have three games remaining on their
James Harden had 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Houston, but
committed eight turnovers and misfired on his last four shots, all of which
occurred in the final 1:06 and could have given the Rockets a tie or the lead.
He was just 7-for-24 from the field.
"We had some turnovers that hurt us. It wasn't a great game, but our guys
showed a lot of fight," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said.
Houston, currently sitting in seventh place in the West, remains one-half
game behind Golden State for the sixth spot after the Warriors lost to the
Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Memphis saw its 19-point first half lead completely diminish by the early
moments of the fourth quarter, but never let the Rockets re-take the lead.
Houston tied it, 66-66, but the Grizzlies responded with a 10-2 push, capped
by four straight points from Conley.
Jeremy Lin then orchestrated a 10-2 Houston run, with the guard bookending the
flurry with a pair of triples to knot the contest at 78-78 with 1:33 to play.
The Rockets, though, were never able to score again.
Memphis struggled to put the game out of reach, making just two of their next
six free throw attempts. With 6.5 seconds left, Houston got one more crack at
it, but Harden's open look rimmed out and into the hands of Tayshaun Prince,
who sank a pair from the line with less than a second left to seal the
"All the guys (on our team) are just on the same page. When you've got five
guys out there with the same goal, fighting hard and playing together, this is
the outcome -- you get the win," Grizzlies guard Tony Allen said.
Memphis jumped out to a 24-15 lead after the first and a late 13-2 run in the
second helped the Grizzlies break open a 19-point lead.
They led 49-36 at the break and held a double-digit lead for much of the first
8 1/2 minutes of the third, but the Rockets used a 7-2 spurt to cut their
deficit to five by start of the fourth.
The Rockets had won their last 13 home games against Memphis ... The Grizzlies
won the season series against Houston for the first time since sweeping it
during the 2005-06 campaign.
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