Memphis outscored Detroit 61-28 during the second half and rolled
to a 112-84 victory at The Palace. It was the Grizzlies' eighth
consecutive win over the Pistons.
The Pistons, who lead the NBA in offensive rebounding percentage,
scored 14 second-chance points in the first half while taking a
five-point halftime lead but had none after the break. The Grizzlies
limited them to 12-of-39 shooting with seven turnovers.
"They did a good job of offensive rebounding in the first half but
we did a great job in the third quarter of not letting them get
second and third opportunities," said Grizzlies small forward and
longtime Piston Tayshaun Prince, who scored 15 points against his
"Once we did that, we were able to score and we were also able to
control them from a defensive standpoint. Their offensive rebounding
fuels their energy and fast break and when you take that away, you
put yourself in a position to play good help defense. We were able
to do that in the third quarter and that was huge for us."
Memphis also got a strong boost from its bench, as its reserves
outscored the Pistons backups 52-19. Forward Joe Leuer's
career-high-tying 23 points and forward Ed Davis' 17 points and 11
rebounds led the bench brigade.
Leuer has seen his minutes increase with center Marc Gasol sidelined
by a knee injury.
"He's just really reliable," Grizzlies coach David Joerger said of
Leuer. "There were times where we didn't play him for two weeks last
year and he came in and did his job. There were times he wasn't
playing early in the season, he was getting DNPs. But the way this
league works, he gets an opportunity and he ends up playing 25 or 30
minutes on different nights."
Power forward Zach Randolph powered for 16 points and 16 rebounds
while point guard Mike Conley added 15 points for the Grizzlies
Memphis also extended its winning streak at The Palace to six games.
Detroit's last home victory over the Grizzlies was a 94-67 blowout
on Dec. 21, 2007.
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Power forward Greg Monroe topped the Pistons (14-20), who
have lost four straight, with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Center Andre Drummond contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds for
his Eastern Conference-leading 24th double-double. Rookie guard
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 14 points and forward Josh
Smith added 13 points and nine rebounds.
Coach Mo Cheeks blamed himself for his team's offensive
"I have to do a better job of trying to figure out how to get
the ball from one side to the other," he said. "That's on me.
That's not on them."
Memphis held Detroit to 11 third-quarter points and finished it
with an 18-5 outburst while taking a double-digit lead. Conley
made a 3-pointer and a baseline jumper midway through the third
to give the Grizzlies a 71-64 advantage and his fast-break layup
in the final minute made it 79-67.
"It hurt. It definitely hurt, playing the way we did in the
second half," said Drummond, who did not play the last 7:43 of
the quarter because of foul trouble. "All the hard work we put
in these past few days, to let them come out and do what they
did in the second half was definitely tough to swallow."
The Grizzlies extended the lead beyond 20 points during the
first five minutes of the fourth.
NOTES: Memphis SG Tony Allen was a late scratch because of a
left hand contusion. ... Detroit SF Kyle Singler reached the
career 1,000-point mark during the second quarter. ... Pistons G
Rodney Stuckey, who is averaging 14 points per game, missed his
second consecutive game with a sore right shoulder. ... The
Grizzlies were 7-12 entering the game without C Marc Gasol (left
MCL sprain), who is out indefinitely. "We've had to make all
kinds of adjustments," coach David Joerger said. "We ran a lot
of our offense through him. He was our second playmaker behind
(PG) Mike Conley. And he runs our defense. He's not just an
anchor but more like a middle linebacker, directing traffic,
telling everybody where to be and covering up for a lot of
people's mistakes." ... Memphis plays six of its next games at
home. The Grizzlies are 7-11 at FedEx Forum after losing just
nine home games last season. ... Detroit begins a three-game
road trip at New York's Madison Square Garden, where it has lost
seven straight. ... Three players received technical fouls
during the second half.
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