Marc Gasol had his third career triple-double on Thursday night and led the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks. The big road win was important for the Grizzlies, who are trying to get a better playoff position in the tough Western Conference.
Gasol had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and Mike Conley also played well with his double-double of 22 points and 12 assists. Two other starters, JaMychal Green and Tony Allen also finished in double figures scoring with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Gasol downplays triple-double feat
Green registered a double-double with 12 rebounds plus 2 steals and 2 blocks. Green struggled the last two games but is back to contributing for the Grizzlies vs. the Hawks.
The Spanish center downplayed his accomplishment. He became the player with the most triple-double in Grizzlies history with 3. The Memphis total is at 11.
“It’s only three, buddy, not 23,” Gasol said via ESPN about his triple-double accomplishment. Head coach David Fizdale said that his center was just playing his usual game.
“You can see it. Can’t you tell with Marc? It’s like `I’m going after this one.’ You could tell with his aggression about scoring and making plays. I just saw it right away. He didn’t pass up shots. He took those shots,” Fizdale added.
Grizzlies had more energy on the road
Memphis outrebounded Atlanta, 48-38 and also had more offensive rebounds, 16-8. They shot just 42% from the field but forced the Hawks to shoot 40%. The Grizzlies also forced 17 turnovers from the Hawks while committing just 11 turnovers.
The Grizzlies are now riding a three-game winning streak as they keep up with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West playoffs race. Both the Grizzlies and Thunder are not yet in the playoffs but are likely making it to the postseason. With the win, Memphis improved to 39-30, just one half game behind Russell Westbrook’s OKC Thunder.
The Grizzlies will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they face West rivals San Antonio Spurs in their next game. After that, Memphis takes a four-game road trip that includes games against the Spurs and the Golden State Warriors.
Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince, who finished with 16 points each, led the scoring for the losing side. Dwight Howard had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds with 3 blocks. Paul Millsap struggled for 3-of-9 field goals with just 10 points plus 4 turnovers.
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