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Grizzlies upend Warriors 99-93

  • Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12), of Australia, moves the ball in front of Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies brought back the inside play and tight defense that made them successful earlier this season.

And the performance with the team's new players removed the bad thoughts of the previous week's play.

Marc Gasol scored six of his 20 points down the stretch to help the Grizzlies end their two-game slide by defeating the Golden State Warriors 99-93 on Friday night.

The Grizzlies said it was the most comfortable the team had been since adding Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis in a three-team deal that sent Rudy Gay to Toronto on Jan. 30.

"We let our defense dictate our offense," said Gasol, who also grabbed 11 rebounds and was 9 of 14 from the field.

"We were unselfish defensively. We were helping each other. We knew their schemes, and were real aggressive in trying to get them away from what they were trying to do.

" ... Offensively, we moved it, and we were fortunate that we hit a lot of shots from the outside."

Tony Allen had a season-high 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting, Zach Randolph had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Jerryd Bayless finished with 14 points.

Daye had 12 points for Memphis, providing a spark in the first half.

The adjustment to new players and dealing with trade rumors contributed to two tough losses earlier in the week — first at home to Phoenix, then in Atlanta.

All the talk about the team's mindset after the shakeup led Memphis coach Lionel Hollins to address the issue in a 20-plus-minute pregame discussion. Among the topics was for the team to forget the changes and play their style of game.

"We finally kind of calmed down and let the game come to us," said point guard Mike Conley, who had 10 of Memphis' 26 assists on 36 field goals.

"We played inside-out down the stretch. Got it to Marc and (Randolph) and played off of them. That's what we've been known for the last few years, and finally got back to the inside-out style of basketball."

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