Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
It wasn't pretty, but the Grizzlies managed to beat the new-look Houston Rockets, 93-85, to go to 4-1 on the season.
When the Grizzlies shoot 37 percent from the floor and 6-of-19 from the 3-point line and still somehow manage to walk away with a victory, well, that's a huge relief.
With a fairly non-existent Marc Gasol, who managed just six points on 3-of-12 shooting, the Grizzlies were carried by their defensive effort and yet another double-double by Zach Randolph (15 and 14), giving him five on the season. Rudy Gay played OK, shooting 9-of-19 from the floor, leading the team with 21 points. Again, there were some questionable shots, which seems like a forever trend from Gay, but, like I said before, when you find a way to win a game while shooting 37 percent from the floor, you turn the page and move on.
Tony Allen and company did a FANTASTIC job on James Harden, keeping him to 18 points on 4-of-18 shooting, with five turnovers. The Rockets starters turned the ball over 18 times in this one. It wasn't pretty for them either.
For more on the Rockets: The Dream Shake
Next up, the Miami Heat...