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Grizzlies Top Bulls Behind Gasol's Big Night

The Memphis Grizzlies rode a big quarter from Big Spain to a 101-91 victory Monday night over the Chicago Bulls.

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On Monday night, the Memphis Grizzlies returned to their winning ways by returning to the formula that got them there in the first place: stout defense and the broad, Spanish shoulders of their All-Star Center Marc Gasol. Gasol led all scorers with 23 points on the night, including 15 points in the third quarter to help lead the Grizzlies to victory.

The Good

Offense- Memphis scored 100 points against a tough (albeit beaten up) Bulls defense. Gasol was dominant, but two other members of the Grizzlies had big and important games. Jeff Green played his most efficient game since coming to Memphis, going 7-11 from the field for 19 points and 7 rebounds. Green attacked the basket and took smart, open jumpers. Vince Carter added 9 points on 4-6 shooting, which more closely resembled the player Memphis thought they were getting when they signed him this offseason. If Carter and Green play this way the rest of the season, the Grizzlies will become that much more dangerous than we've seen them all year, and for a team that currently has the second best record in the West, that's saying quite a bit.

The Bad

Blowing Leads- Another night, another double-digit lead blown by the Grizzlies. Make no mistake, Chicago is a very good basketball team, but it is beyond concerning to see Memphis hold a 13-point lead and turn it into a four-point deficit. The sooner the Grizzlies can squash this trend, the better.

The Ugly

Point Guard Play- I included all of the Grizzlies' point guards here, mainly because I don't want to pick on Mike Conley. Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes were 1-7 on the night, and Conley shot 3-13 and is clearly not 100%. Despite his poor shooting night, Conley played well overall, dishing out nine assists and grabbing five steals, including one to help put the game on ice. Overall, it was an encouraging game from Conley, but Memphis won't be truly dominant, like they were before the All-Star break, until he returns to form.

The win improved Memphis' record to 45-18 on the season. Their next matchup comes Wednesday night in Boston when they take on a familiar face in Isaiah Thomas and the suddenly potent Celtics.