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Posted By Mark Anthony Williams On Jan 14 2011 @ 3:49 pm In All Sports | No Comments

The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons last night 107-99.   Memphis has struggled on the road this year (7-15) but Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay  led the Grizzlies to just their 8th road win.  Memphis is currently in 4th place in the toughest division in the NBA (Southwest) with an 18-21 record.

The Pistons (12-26) plays 500 ball at home.  They started strong building a 14 point lead in the first half.  Detroit enjoyed a 46-43 halftime lead.  Unfortunately, Detroit reverted back to its old ways in the third quarter.  The Pistons are the worst third quarter team in the NBA.  They average a four point deficit all year in the third quarter.  Last night, Memphis exploited Detroit and ran up a 12 point lead finishing with a 30-18 advantage in the third quarter.  Just as quickly, both teams lit up the score board in the fourth quarter scoring a combined 69 points. 

 The Pistons had no answer for Zach Randolph (34 points, 17 boards) who enjoyed career highs in rebounds and points.  Every time Memphis needed a basket, they simply ran a play for Randolph leading to his outstanding effort.  Rudy Gay (25 points) played the supporting role brilliantly. 

 Detroit is struggling this year, clearly.  Incredibly, Detroit coach John Kuester benched All-Star shooting guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton.  Hamilton has led the Pistons in scoring the last 8 years.  He has also been rumored for trade in the Carmello Anthony trade rumors. 

 Memphis has a good nucleus of players.  After their best season last year (40-42), they are proving they are a team to reckon with on the hard-court, especially at home (11-6).  But their ability to make the playoffs remains in doubt due to the extremely competitive Western Conference and the Grizzlies inability to win consistently on the road.

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