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Grizzlies build early lead and defeat Nets 101-77

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 11:19 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

The 67 points were the most scored by the Grizzlies in a half this season.

Memphis connected on 60 percent of its first-half shots as it worked the offense through Gasol early, and the Grizzlies center was 10 of 15 from the field in the first two quarters.

"Our game plan early was to get Marc being aggressive and getting him some scoring opportunities," Conley said. "Marc did a great job of taking advantage of it.

"... We did as much as we could to help Marc both offensively and defensively, and I think as a team we all played off of each other well. We were able to take advantage of things that Marc was opening up for us because of his aggressiveness early."

The lead got to as many as 25 points before intermission.

The Nets, who have had trouble handling the ball recently, committed only five turnovers in the first half, but shot 43 percent from the field, not near enough to keep pace with the Grizzlies.

"We think we're a better team than we showed in the first half," Carlesimo said. "Actually, I thought in the second half, we did a good job. We competed on the boards, and we defended really well, but we dug too big of a hole."

He later added: "We got beat up is what we did. They just took it to us."

Memphis extended the lead to 30 in the early stages of the second half, but the Nets had a 13-3 run to get their deficit to 79-59.

Memphis could not maintain its shooting touch from the first half, and turnovers were hurting as Memphis had four miscues in the period.

Memphis held an 85-67 lead after three quarters, despite being outscored 23-18 in the period.

The Nets actually could have cut into the lead at the start of the fourth as Memphis continued to commit turnovers, missed its first two shots and was scoreless through almost 3 minutes.

Problem was, Brooklyn also was scoreless during the span, missing its first six shots to start the fourth. In the end, Memphis outscored the Nets 16-10 in the fourth.

"They turned it off, and it really didn't matter," Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. "We only scored 34 points in the second half, but the first half is where we won the game."

NOTES: Grizzlies F Jon Leuer, obtained earlier in the week from Cleveland, dressed for his first game with Memphis and played 2 minutes without scoring. ... The Grizzlies' previous high for a half this season was 62 points in the second half at Sacramento on Jan. 7. ... The Nets are 12-3 since P.J. Carlesimo became interim coach, all three losses coming on the road, each by double digits. ... The Grizzlies are 13-0 when scoring 100 points, 5-1 when shooting 50 percent and 20-2 when outshooting their opponents. ... The Nets' four-game road trip ends Saturday night in Houston. ... The Grizzlies made 47 field goals matching their season high in that category. ... Evans with 11 points and 10 rebounds recorded his first double-double of the season.