It was a low-scoring, nip n' tuck game in the first half. A burst by either team would likely make the difference in the contest. Tied at 32, that burst came from the Grizzlies. They scored 8 in a row, part of a 15-5 run to end the first half.
In the second half, the lead went from ten to...a lot. It was a good old fashioned blowout. Unlike at Atlanta earlier in the week, it was Memphis on cruise control following halftime.
With Minnesota missing J.J. Barea, in addition to their other infirmary residents, Memphis was able to force turnovers and run. They had 26 points off of T'Wolves turnovers.
It was also nice outing for the two ex-Pistons in Grizzly blue. Tayshaun Prince had 18 (8 for 8) while Austin Daye, who again got more minutes than Ed Davis, put in 16 (6 for 9).
Mike Conley and Zach Randolph joined Daye with 16 points. No other Grizz got into double figures, nor needed to.
At least Ricky Rubio played well for Minnesota. Had he not scored 10 in the 3rd quarter, this may have been a 40-point game. He was the one guy making things happen for Rick Adelman. Rubio, along with Luke Ridnour, finished with 17 points for Minny.
The matchup of the night, for me, was Gasol vs Pekovic down low. It wasn't so hot. Neither guy got into double figures despite getting lathered up inside early (too graphic?).
The feel good moment of the night was when Quincy Pondexter checked into the game in the 3rd quarter. He had been out since December 20th.
With the dust settling from the Rudy Gay trade and Zach Randolph allegedly off the market, the Grizzlies look poised to re-take that 4th spot out West.....
..and maybe even go higher.