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Usually slow-starting Grizzlies lead NBA at 13-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Sitting atop the NBA standings is new territory for the Memphis Grizzlies. Just getting off to a fast start is unusual.

The Grizzlies, who usually stumble out the gate, are a league-best 13-3. They've never had a better record after the first 16 games of the season. They were 11-5 in 2005-06 and 10-6 last season.

Coach Lionel Hollins and his Grizzlies list several reasons for the great start, ranging from scheduling to preseason preparation to better chemistry.

Guard Mike Conley credits a different mindset at the start of training camp for the turnaround. He says the Grizzlies already were in shape and in mid-season form mentally for their season-opener.

So far, so good.

The Grizzlies are the NBA's best after a 108-98 overtime win over Phoenix on Tuesday night.