FINAL: Grizzlies 106, Lakers 93
January 23, 2013
Key Stats of the Night
Key Run of the Night
Mike Conley scored 19 points to help the Grizzlies to a 106-93 home victory over the Lakers on Wednesday. Darrell Arthur provided a spark off the bench with a season-high 20 points and nine rebounds. Zach Randolph secured his league-leading 27th double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Grizzlies handed the Lakers their fourth-straight loss, the team’s 10th loss in the last 12 games.
- Memphis is now 2-0 against Los Angeles this season… With only one matchup remaining in the series in Los Angeles (April 5), Memphis wins the series against Los Angeles for the first time since the 2005-06 season (3-1)… The last time the Grizzlies swept the Lakers was the 2004-05 campaign (3-0).
- Memphis remains undefeated with scoring over 100 points (12-0).
- The Grizzlies outrebounded the Lakers 52-34, including a 16-7 advantage on the offensive boards… Memphis finished with more defensive rebounds than Los Angeles had total.
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"You never know how a team is going to react in a situation like it is. We’re down a man and everybody has to go in and contribute. Here forward, everybody’s got to go in and contribute. Everybody has to be focused and everybody has to be committed and ready to do their job every night. We can’t have anybody taking a night off or two nights off. Everybody has to play."
On Tony Wroten’s performance
"He was good. He got to the basket and rebounded. He’s long and he’s quick. He still wants to shoot the ball from outside, but we’ll live with one or two of those."
On the matchups
"I didn’t plan on anything. I said when I went in that I had to see how it went and Tony (Allen) gets in foul trouble and Marc gets in foul trouble. So we had Hamed (Haddadi) in the game. We had no other size at the two and three after Tony (Allen) so I said I wanted Rudy to get on Kobe (Bryant) and let Darrell have Metta World (Peace). It’s just about matchups. I mean, this whole game is really about matchups and you try to keep the disadvantages at a minimum. Sometimes you have them and they don’t use them. Zach did a decent job with Earl Clark which was another matchup problem. Then, late in the game, we started dominating them in the paint with the smaller guys. We went at Metta World Peace. We went at Earl Clark. Wwe went at (Antawn) Jamison. The success was our effort and our commitment to each other. We defended, we got steals, we ran out and executed on the break, and it was total team effort overall."
On getting playing time
"I’m taking advantage of every opportunity. When you don’t play in the beginning, it’s tough. You want to get down. You want to quit. But, it’s a long season. It’s an opportunity to work hard every day and take my days off. I am blessed enough to where it paid off."
On how the trade affected him
"There is a blueprint. No one had to come tell me. As soon as I saw the trade, I knew there was the opportunity I wanted to do this. They were strong enough players. We had the Lakers coming out and I had no choice. If you want to play you have to bring it."
On his play tonight
"On that dunk, all of a sudden it hit me. Not only was it Dwight Howard, it was also Pau Gasol – the two twin towers. It just seems like they’re going to block it. I just got up my energy and got that dunk. I’m usually a really emotional player, but when I dunked that I just smiled and got back. This is my dream to play in the NBA, and a game like this against Kobe Bryant, one of the best players every in the history of basketball, this is a dream come true."
On his favorite moment of the game
"The dunk! That dunk is definitely my favorite moment of the game. It was my first time to actually play in the game."
On Tony Allen
"Tony is a funny guy. He helped me a lot. He is the one who said stay with it. When I wasn’t playing, he was still encouraging me. Before the game and after the game when I work out, he is still there. He said, ‘Your time will come."