NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Memphis
(Monday, February 9th)
Final Score: Memphis 85, New Orleans 80
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Rookie star O.J. Mayo scored 22 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the undermanned New Orleans Hornets, 85-80, in a poor shooting display at the FedEx Forum.
Mike Conley added 18 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who have won four of their last five games. Hakim Warrick totaled 15 points and 14 boards for Memphis, which shot 36.4 percent (28-of-77) from the field and set a franchise-record with 64 rebounds.
Peja Stojakovic had 23 points and seven caroms to pace the Hornets, who were without the services of two All-Stars. Point guard Chris Paul was inactive for the fourth straight game with a strained right groin, while forward David West served a one-game suspension for committing a flagrant foul type two during Sunday's 101-97 victory over Minnesota.
"We saw a clear advantage of getting into the paint," said Conley of the Hornets being without two of their key players. "We wanted to try and get a lot of guards in there to make big plays."
James Posey and Antonio Daniels scored 11 points apiece for New Orleans, which shot a lowly 29.5 percent (26-of-88) from the floor and lost for the fifth time in its last seven games.
After trailing 22-21 after the opening 12 minutes, the Grizzlies emerged with a slim 40-39 edge at the break. A Darko Milicic dunk gave the home team a 60-48 lead with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter, but New Orleans battled back, going on an 18-6 run that carried over to the fourth quarter to even things up at 66-66.
Mayo nailed a jumper and Warrick converted 1-of-2 at the foul line to make it 77-71 with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the game. Posey drained a three- pointer with seven seconds remaining to draw the visitors within 83-80, but Mayo sealed the win at the charity stripe.
"He's playing good, not only tonight, but his whole season so far he's been amazing at both ends of the floor," said Stojakovic of Mayo. "He's taking it to another level."
Memphis small forward Rudy Gay missed his second straight contest with a strained hip flexor...Marc Gasol provided 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win for the Grizzlies, who snapped a seven-game skid against the Hornets...Memphis improved to 12-18 at home this season, while New Orleans fell to 12-11 on the road.
02/10 02:08:29 ET