Although Memphis had a slow start and Houston went up 7 points in the first quarter, the Grizzlies turned it around toward the end of the quarter and never looked back. Memphis was up by 12 with about 6:00 minutes in the second quarter, and led by as much as 20 in the third quarter. The Grizzlies took a little time to heat up from three, but they ended up with 8 threes. On the other hand, the Houston Rockets were 6 of 29 from beyond the arc. Even though they kept missing, the Rockets refused to change their ways over the course of the game.
Mario Chalmers had another good showing, although it wasn't as flashy as his performance on Monday night. He had 10 points. Off the bench, Matt Barnes gave some valuable minutes for Memphis with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
We even witnessed a Vince Carter showing. He came in and scored two threes, which is exactly what Memphis needed him to do.
With Zach Randolph out for the game, JaMychal Green got the start. His first start wasn't overly impressive with only 5 points and 5 rebounds. Definitely, he seemed less comfortable in his starting role.
Perhaps the most impressive player tonight was Marc Gasol, who got his first triple double as a Memphis Grizzly. On the night, he had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. In fact, it was the fourth triple double ever in the history of the Memphis Grizzlies. Gasol was everywhere on the court tonight. For a moment, he was even Point Marc:
The Grizz led by 20 (65-45) with 10:45 left in the third quarter, but Houston cut it to single digits with a Ty Lawson jumper that beat the buzzer to end the third quarter. Fortunately, Memphis managed to extend the lead to double digits once again in the fourth quarter and put the game away thanks to two triples by Mike Conley.
On the other hand, the Grizzlies ran into some foul trouble, but the Rockets couldn't cash in on all their free throws. Harden shot 8 free throws and was 7-15 from the field. The Houston Rockets shot a total of 35 free throws but only made 21 of them as a team. Dwight Howard had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Now, Memphis is 7-6 and back over .500. There's not much time to celebrate, however, as the Grizzlies have to fly out to play San Antonio tomorrow night. Hopefully, Memphis will have Zach Randolph back in the starting lineup.