NBA Game Summary - Memphis at New Orleans
(Friday, March 22nd)
Final Score: New Orleans 90, Memphis 83
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Robin Lopez scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Anthony Davis chipped in with 18 points and 15 boards to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 90-83 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.
Greivis Vasquez added 12 points and nine assists and Eric Gordon finished with 11 points despite going 4-for-13 from the field for the Hornets, who have won two straight.
"The only way we are going to get better is to stay with the things we know are the foundation. Defense is where it's at. We can get mesmerized by a great offense and we all want that. I certainly welcome it, but at the end of the day that's who we are," said New Orleans coach Monty Williams. "If we are ever going to do anything big here in this town it's going to start on that end of the floor."
Mike Conley scored 20 points and Marc Gasol finished with 16 points and six boards for the Grizzlies, who had won eight of their last 10 entering the contest.
"We had to step up a lot of times and had to help our men," Gasol said. "They did a great job of rebounding and we did not help on the drive and did not contest shots. They just had an open lane for the rebounds."
Zach Randolph scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Jerryd Bayless donated 12 points off the bench in the setback.
The Grizzlies led 21-14 after the first quarter, but the Hornets outscored Memphis 34-22 in the second to take a 48-43 into that break.
Both teams struggled shooting in the third, but New Orleans outscored the Grizzlies 11-3 over the final six minutes of the frame to go into the break with a 67-58 advantage.
The Hornets' lead swelled to 16 just under three minutes into the fourth, but the Grizzlies opened up a 21-7 burst to pull within 83-81 with 2:36 to go.
Vasquez buried a trey with 1:50 left, and Lopez cleaned up a Gordon miss to push the spread to seven points.
Bayless cut it to 88-83 with just over a minute left, and Memphis was held scoreless the rest of the way.
New Orleans outscored the Grizzlies 48-38 in the paint ... Memphis scored 26 points off 17 Hornets' turnovers ... The Grizzlies have lost 12 of their last 16 games in the Crescent City.
03/22 23:56:13 ET