The Grizzlies looked wholly different to start this game than they did against the Cavs. Long outlet passes, sharp movement, and good shot selection were all on the menu and resulted in an early 22-10 lead (with some help from the Pacers, who racked up two techs in the first quarter).
Some of that might be due to the replacement of Tony Allen in the starting lineup, but Tony got two quick fouls and ended up on the bench anyway less than 3 minutes in. The surge carried on regardless, with Mike Conley working well with Brandon Wright (as advertised) on pick and roll lobs. Eventually Indiana was able to claw their way back thanks to a small ball line-up by Frank Vogel and a shooting drought by the Grizzlies, but Memphis took a 50-49 lead into the locker room.
The Grizzlies came out slumping to start the third and the Pacers jumped out to a 6 point lead. Memphis was unable to get Gasol involved offensively, instead relying on Randolph and Tony Allen to spark the offense, which is a recipe for good drama but not basketball efficiency. Indiana pushed the lead to 9 but the Grizzlies were able to tie the game at 75 on the first shot of the fourth quarter (a lob to Brandon Wright).
With the game tied at 96 and 3 minutes to go, it was -- wait, is this right? -- yes, Jeff Green to the rescue!
Green knocked down another one a few minutes later to give Memphis a 7-point lead they would not relinquish.
- Dave Joerger isn't vulgar, he just has vulgar names for his plays. There's a difference.
- Tony Allen committed his first three-shot foul of the season in the third quarter. It's nice to know there are certainties in life.
- JaMychal Green, y'all: