Feels good, doesn't it? Here are my three takeaways from the blowout:
1) THE QUINCY PONDEXTER GAME
IT APPEARS THAT RUMORS OF QUINCY PONDEXTER'S DEMISE HAVE BEEN GREATLY EXAGGERATED.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) November 18, 2014
Quincy Pondexter has not played well this season. Quincy Pondexter was outstanding tonight.
In the first half alone, Pondexter was 5-7 from the field, scoring 13 points while splashing a couple of his signature corner three-pointers. Quincy cooled off in the second half and — well, let's call it what it was — began jacking up unnecessary shots off the dribble, but his play in the first two quarters showed that if he's willing to stay within the flow of the offense, then he's ready to break out of his slump and become a more consistent scoring threat from the perimeter.
It's also worth noting that Jon Leuer, who has been in a similar slump to Pondexter, scored a season-high 13 points on 5-8 shooting and THREW THIS NASTY DUNK DOWN ALL OVER TARIK BLACK!
2) Absolute domination of the turnover battle
The Grizzlies recorded 10 steals and scored 22 points off of 15 Houston turnovers... IN THE FIRST HALF.
By the end of the game, the Rockets had turned the ball over 21 times, compared to only 10 times for the Grizzlies, and those extra possessions helped Memphis attempt eight more field goals than the Rockets. All of Houston's first half turnovers helped the Grizzlies storm out to the huge lead, and Memphis' ability to retain possession of the ball throughout the contest kept the Rockets out of the game.
3) The rookies!
With the outcome already decided by the fourth quarter, Memphis draft picks Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes finally made their NBA debuts and showed some flashes that gave Grizzlies fans plenty to be excited about. On his first offensive touch, Stokes flipped a right-handed hook shot up and over fellow Memphian and former Memphis Tiger Tarik Black, and on the ensuing possession Jordan Adams jumped a passing lane for a steal and was fouled on the other end, splitting the pair of free throws.
Stokes finished with four points and two rebounds on a perfect 2-2 from the field while Adams recorded one point, one assist, and one steal on 0-2 shooting.
Non-Jon Leuer highlight of the game
Vince Carter dunked in a Grizzlies uniform! In the second quarter, Vince picked off a poor Rockets pass and (gently) threw down this dunk on the other end. Okay so maybe it's not the greatest dunk in the world, but...Vince Carter!