1) Mike Conley's Hot Start
Conley wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in Miami, dropping in seven of the Grizzlies' first nine points as Memphis jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game's opening minutes. He finished the first half 5-6 from the field and 3-3 from downtown, with one of his two-pointers being a three with his toe on the line. This triple just before the halftime buzzer extended the Grizzly lead to 16:
Mike cooled off in the second half, but still managed to finish with a team-high 24 points on 7-12 shooting.
2) The Third Quarter From Hell
Memphis led by 16 at the half. By the start of the fourth quarter, that lead had shrunk all the way down to three. The issues in the third quarter were the same that plagued the Grizzlies throughout the second half against the Rockets the night prior, with Memphis settling for jump shots and scoring just two points in the paint in the period. Miami outscored the Grizzlies 28-15 in the third, and nine of Memphis' 15 points came via three-pointers from Conley, Courtney Lee, and Beno Udrih.
3) Vince Carter's Double Digit Streak Ends
Outside of a timely fourth quarter three-pointer, Vince was ice cold tonight, and saw his six-game streak of double-figure scoring come to a halt. Carter finished with five points in 22 minutes of action, shooting 1-6 from the field and 1-4 from three. The five points are his fewest since a three-point showing against Dallas on December 9th.