Gay scores 18 to lead Grizzlies past Pistons 90-78
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies closed out their longest homestand of the season with a convincing defensive performance and a double-digit win.
Rudy Gay had 18 points, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley added 17 each, and the Grizzlies won their fourth straight with a 90-78 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Memphis closed out the five-game home stretch with a 4-1 record, the only loss coming against Denver 97-92 in the opening game.
"We played a lot of good teams in this homestand, and in the last few weeks," Conley said. "For us to get this win, is huge for what we stand for, and that's just one game at a time and being ready for each individual opponent."
Darrell Arthur added 11 points for Memphis, while Jerryd Bayless scored 10 points. Gasol grabbed 11 rebounds.
Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince finished with 15. Brandon Knight added 10 for Detroit, which lost its third straight and fell to 1-9 on the road.
While the Pistons outrebounded the Grizzlies 46-39, Detroit had trouble controlling the ball, committing 22 turnovers to 12 for Memphis.
"They are a good defensive team, but I think a lot of our problems came from turnovers," said Knight who had six turnovers. "Unforced turnovers and unforced errors. We gave them a lot of easy baskets."
Monroe had even more problems than Knight, committing seven turnovers.
"We definitely had a chance to win the game if we didn't turn the ball over as many times as we did," said the Pistons center, who was 7 of 15 from the field.
Memphis played without guard Tony Allen, who has a right groin sprain.
The Grizzlies built the lead in the second quarter and didn't relinquish the advantage the rest of the way.
Memphis carried a 53-45 lead into the break after a poor shooting start. Knight had all 10 of his points for the Pistons, while Gasol led Memphis with 15.