- Category: Sports
20 Dec 2012
- Written by Kelley Evans
The Memphis Grizzlies improved their record to 17-6 on Wednesday night, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 90 to 80 at the FedExForum during a nationally televised game.
Defense once again was the key to victory.
"The last two-and-a-half games, our focus, our intensity and intelligence on defense... we've helped, we've switched, and we've done all the things it takes to be a good defensive team," said Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.
The Grizzlies held the Bucks to 35.3 percent shooting front the field (12-of-46) in the first half, a season low for a Memphis opponent.
Bucks guard Monta Ellis missed his first 13 field goal attempts before scoring and finished with a season-low four points. Tony Allen put a major defensive clamp on Ellis, forcing him to earn everything.
"It was a bad night," Ellis said. "Nothing I can do about it. It's disappointing more than anything. We made the stops that we needed, but as we made the stops, we made turnovers. We missed shots, they (Grizzlies) made shots."
Allen notched a season-high four steals, with eight points and three rebounds. He entered the game ranked 11th in the league in steals per game.
Memphis grabbed 36 rebounds in the first half, out-rebounding the Bucks 36-21 during the period and finishing with a season-high 56 rebounds. The Grizzlies were ahead in the contest by nine points (43-34) at halftime. The Bucks trailed by at least eight points throughout the second half.
"It was tough," said Bucks head coach Scott Skiles. "We had tons of open looks. We just missed them. There's not much to say. We couldn't make a shot and we were only down nine at half time. It was tough."
Randolph maintained his NBA lead with 19 double-doubles. He racked 15 points and 17 rebounds followed by Rudy Gay with 13 points. Marc Gasol scored his second double-double of the season finishing with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
"We had to do it defensively, because offensively we haven't made the amount of shots we would normally make," Gasol said. "It was either (play) defensively or we would not be on the winning side."
Bucks guard Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 26 points (seven rebounds), followed by Marquis Daniels with 12.
"They're just too deep," Jennings said of the Grizzlies. "Randolph and Gasol – they're two big guys. Probably the best front court in the NBA besides Blake (Griffin) and DeAndre (Jordan)."
Up next for the Grizzlies are the Dallas Mavericks, with former Grizz guard O.J. Mayo, on Friday at the FedExForum. With the victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, the Mavericks improved to 6-0 against Eastern Conference teams at home.