Two weeks after the Bulls gave the Grizzlies a 40-point thumping in Chicago, the Grizzlies answered with a 102-86 victory before a sold-out FedExForum crowd on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“It’s always a great win on Martin Luther King Day in Memphis,” said point guard Mike Conley, who flirted with a triple-double (20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds). “We watched the film (of the first game against the Bulls) and saw how terrible we played.”
The victory was the Grizzlies’ third straight and evened their record at 6-6. The Bulls, who played without former University of Memphis star and NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose (sprained toe), dropped to 12-3. The Grizzlies led by as many as 27 points in the game, which was televised nationally on ESPN.
Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 24 points, Marc Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and new forward Marreese Speights set a career high with 12 rebounds and also scored 16 points.
“We came out with great energy and focus,” said Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.
Forward Luol Deng topped the scoring for the Bulls with 20 points. The Grizzlies out-rebounded Chicago 46-34 and the Bulls made 19 turnovers with just 12 assists.
The day also featured NBA Hall of Famers George Gervin and Clyde Drexler receiving the Seventh Annual National Civil Rights Sports Legacy Award for their contributions to civil and human rights.