The Memphis Grizzlies bounced back in the fourth quarter on Thursday night to edge past the Indiana Pacers 112-103 in their second game. Paul Gasol led Memphis to dominate the final quarter. The Spaniard scored a team-high of 20 points.
”The last 5 minutes we played pretty well – defensively we were a lot more aggressive,” said Gasol, who also contributed with eight rebounds and three assists. ”When our defense is clicking, offensively, things get much better.”
The Grizzlies dominated in the earlier part of the game as well. In the opening quarter, they led by 15 points but blew it and trailed by nine points while going into the third.
The Grizzlies aimed at avoiding back-to-back losses after being blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Wednesday’s season opener. The Spaniard rescued them at the right moment.
”Last night we got our butt whipped, so guys came out with a lot more energy in this game,” said Zach Randolph, who finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds. “We stuck with it, we stuck to our defense, guys hit shots. It was a good team win.”
Grizzlies as a team had a prolific scoring rate this preseason. On Thursday, seven of their players posted double figures, and they scored 39 points in the final quarter. Mike Conley had 13 points and 7 assists. Memphis ended the game on a 18-7 run to seal it. Gasol and Green scored 14 points during that phase.