Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
The Memphis Grizzlies, after a busy day, won their home opener, 103-94, behind a great performance from the team's bigs.
With today being Robert Pera Day in Memphis, the Grizzlies had all eyes on them, including those of commissioner David Stern, as the they opened up their season in Memphis against the Utah Jazz.
It was an ugly first quarter, one which saw the Grizzlies shoot just 11% from the floor in the first 11 minutes, but they found a rhythm in the second half, outscoring the Jazz 56-44 in the final two periods.
Marc Gasol led the way with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, as part of a low-post attack that led to 60 points in the paint. Zach Randolph had a nice game, going for 16 points and 18 rebounds. Rudy Gay, on the other hand, shot just 3-of-17 from the floor, while doing most of his damage (7-of-7) at the line. Really, he was taking bad shot after bad shot, shooting long-range jumpers with a hand in his face, and even when he got good looks in the paint he couldn't close.
For the Jazz, Gordon Hayward played really well, scoring a team-high 19 points in 36 minutes. I also liked the look of Derrick Favors off the bench who had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in 25 minutes.
The Grizzlies now move to 2-1 on the season, while the Jazz drop to 1-3.
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