Sixers Get Eaten by a Grizzlie Bear
- Updated: February 22, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Marc Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Rudy Gay scored 14 points and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Philadelphia Sixers 89-76 on Tuesday night.
The Grizzlies allowed Philadelphia to get no closer than four points in the fourth. Tony Allen made a pair of key defensive plays down the stretch for the Grizzlies, forcing an airball by Iguodala with Memphis leading by five and later getting a steal on a Sixers fast break.
Playing a Sixers team that came into the game ranked first in the NBA in scoring defense, Memphis made seven of its first nine shots in building a 15-7 first-quarter lead. A Philadelphia timeout didn’t slow the Grizzlies, who scored the next 12 points – including two 3-pointers by Mayo – to take a 27-7 lead.
NOTES: Sixers Elton Brand (right thumb sprain) was a game-time scratch.