All of the Grizzlies' starters played well, lead by Marreese Speights, who did his best Zach Randolph impression en route to a career high 18 rebounds and season high 20 points on efficient 10-13 shooting, many of these rumbling, spinning hooks in the lane against a Nets defense still lacking starting center Brook Lopez. Allen, whose helter-skelter offensive yielded 5 turnovers, was far more treat than trick, matching season highs with 21 points (on 8-15 shooting) and 5 steals. Conley had one of his best all-around games, with 16 points, 10 assists, and 4 steals. Gay, who had moved up to 11th in the NBA in scoring average after Tuesday's win, was one off his season high with a team best 25 points — his fourth straight game scoring 20 or more. Marc Gasol was relatively quiet by comparison, with a solid 12-7-3, with each of his three assists setting up a dunk.
Despite boasting an elite player in point guard Deron Williams, the Nets are not a good team. But when it's the second night of a back-to-back on the road against a rested home team (the Nets hadn't played since Saturday) and you get nothing from your bench? That's a good win.
The win moved the Grizzlies at least temporarily into the eighth and final playoff slot in the West, pending a late game from the Portland Trailblazers. The Grizzlies return home Friday to host a Denver Nuggets team that lost badly in Dallas tonight.