No. 23/22 Memphis (14-4, 4-2) 82, Houston (11-8, 3-3) 59
Jan. 23, 2014; FedExForum)
Memphis vs. Houston – Series Notes
With Thursday's win, Memphis improved its series lead over Houston to 28-12 overall and 18-3 in Memphis.
The Tigers have won the last four meetings in the series.
ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard will be the special guest Saturday (Jan. 25th) on the new local sports-radio show "R&R on Sports,' which debuted last week.
The show airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on WMFS-FM, 92.9 ESPN.
The one-hour sports magazine show is co-hosted by Larry Robinson and Howard Robertson from whose common last name initial the show's name derived.
There was a moment in the NFL version of the Hatfields and McCoys that could have ended the blood feud. It came at the end of the game Sunday, after Seattle's Richard Sherman batted a pass intended for San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree into the arms of a teammate, causing an interception that would seal the victory for the Seahawks, sending them to the Super Bowl.
Sherman walked over to Crabtree with his arm extended as a show of come-togetherness but Crabtree pushed the defender's helmet hard. So goes the way of the most heated and hated rivalry in sports today.
It was this emotion, that shunning of sportsmanship, that was still ringing in the 24-year-old's helmet when he walked off the field and onto national television to call Crabtree "sorry" and he would later add "mediocre."
With the FedExForum buzzing with energy from MLK Day events and the New Orleans Pelicans weighted by an eight-game losing streak, the Grizzlies laid an egg, dropping a 95-92 decision.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Pelicans over the Grizzlies
Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 23 points and a game-high 20 rebounds, his first 20-20 game since December of 2012. Courtney Lee pitched in 19 points.
The Grizzlies migrated to the Bluff City 12 years ago, intertwining the franchise's history with the rich southern roots of Memphis. Each year since, the Grizzlies have hosted Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day at the FedExForum, honoring icons for their contributions to civil and human rights.
On Monday (Jan. 20), three more individuals were honored during an afternoon wrapped around the Grizzlies confrontation with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Grizzlies hosted the 2014 event along with the National Civil Rights Museum, the City of Memphis and Shelby County. NBA Hall of Famer Bernard King and former NBA star JoJo White were presented with Ninth Annual National Civil Rights Sports Legacy Awards, courtesy of FedEx. Former NBA stalwart Dikembe Mutombo, a 2007 honoree who could not attend that year's presentation because of bad weather and a canceled, also was on hand to receive his tribute.
When 14,000 Tiger fans gathered this past weekend (Jan. 18), they thought that they were merely attending a basketball game. As they filed into the FedExForum, little did they know that they were stepping into a time machine for a trip to the future.
The game began much like all the others, with the regular starters taking the floor for the opening tip. Yet, it didn't take long to reach 88 miles per hour! Suddenly, everyone in attendance was witnessing the future of the Tiger basketball program right before their eyes.
Heading into the season, Memphis had claimed one of the nation's top recruiting classes. However, four senior guards, a senior transfer (David Pellom), and a sophomore standout (Shaq Goodwin) have kept many of the highly talented players on the bench.
One thing is for certain. The Memphis Grizzlies have formed great partnerships in the Memphis community. And with one particular affiliation, a special bond has been established.
The Stax Music Academy has not been the same since the Memphis Grizzlies teamed up with the Soulsville Foundation to host one of the largest fundraising events of the year. Just one week after the Grizz Gala, local movers and shakers gathered on Saturday at the Stax Museum for the 10th Annual Staxtacular event. The evening's theme was "Suit Up and Play."
The hosts of the night were Grizz Players Mike Conley, Tony Allen and Quincy Pondexter. Joining them were newcomers Tayshaun Prince, Courtney Lee, James Johnson and Jamaal Franklin, who experienced their first Staxtacular and were more than proud to take part in the festivities.