Top 10 'Grindhouse' Highlights from Memphis Grizzlies' 1st Quarter of the Season

Tom Firme@TFirmeAnalyst IIDecember 13, 2012

Top 10 'Grindhouse' Highlights from Memphis Grizzlies' 1st Quarter of the Season

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    The Memphis Grizzlies have started their season better than ever. Winning 14 of the first 19 is nothing less than spectacular for a team that has struggled for most of its existence. One can do nothing less than appreciate the start by the Grizzlies.

    To commemorate this start, it's essential to capture some of the best moments. The Grizzlies have tallied a few big wins, including a rout of the Miami Heat at home and an inspiring win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road. There have also been some hot player performances by stars like Zach Randolph.

    Follow along to see all the hottest clips.

Wayne Ellington Drains Career-High 7 Three-Pointers Against Heat

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    Wayne Ellington had a slow start to the season. He hit just 4-of-12 three-pointers in his first five games, which wasn't exactly an impressive open for the newcomer.

    The former Minnesota Timberwolf burst into action against the Miami Heat on Nov. 11, knocking down a career-high seven three-pointers en route to a personal-best 25 points. He had four in the first half and three in the second half.

    Ellington's hot shooting from deep was key to the 18-point victory against the defending champions.

Zach Randolph Burns the Suns

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    In the Grizzlies' first meeting with the Suns on Dec. 4, Zach Randolph scorched the Suns to push a 108-98 win for Memphis. He ran off 38 points and 22 rebounds for his fourth career 30-20 game. He was 15-of-22 from the field and drained all eight free-throw attempts. The post man also had three blocks.

    Randolph was so dominant on the glass that he had 10 fewer rebounds than the Suns did as a team and almost three times as many as the leading Suns rebounder, Luis Scola.

Mike Conley Washes out the Lakers

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    The Memphis Grizzlies had a strong handle on the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 23 heading into the fourth quarter. The Lakers managed to hang within an arm's length, coming within six points, but no closer.

    Mike Conley sealed the win with less than a minute left. He stared Dwight Howard down for a few seconds. Then, the point man lost the star defender on a cut before draining the decisive jumper to put the nail in the coffin.

    Conley scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, and those two silenced the superstar-filled squad.

Rudy Gay Slices Andrew Bogut

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    The Golden State Warriors have been better on defense this season, allowing 104.3 points per 100 possessions, 4.8 better than last year. However, they didn't have it together in a 104-94 loss to the Grizzlies on Nov. 2.

    Rudy Gay made a play that was an early indicator of that in the first quarter. The seven-year pro found his way behind Andrew Bogut, leaving the Aussie with little to do.

    Gay had a nice game, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-18 shooting.

Marc Gasol Buries the Thunder

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    The Grizzlies had the game in hand by halftime during this road match with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder couldn't get within five points in the second half.

    Any thought of Kevin Durant and company making a late surge was wiped away by this great drive by Marc Gasol. Gasol swept past the defense for a fallaway jumper to give the Grizz a 10-point edge.

    The Spaniard had a decent game with 14 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Rudy Gay Burns LeBron James

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    Wayne Ellington wasn't the only one to light it up against the Heat. Rudy Gay came up big with 21 points and eight rebounds.

    One hot moment that Gay had came late in the game when he fought past LeBron James before posterizing Chris Bosh.

    LeBron isn't often beat on defense, but in this case, another swingman with an extraordinary physique muscled him down.

Grizzlies Make Lemons into Lemonade Agianst Bobcats

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    The "grit 'n' grind" could hardly be beat early in the season. They ousted the Bobcats 94-87 on Nov. 17 for their eighth straight win.

    This wasn't exactly a clean game, with the two teams combining for 30 turnovers.

    Here, the team from the Volunteer State gave a prime example of this sloppy play, but made good on the play.

    Rudy Gay was the one to find the ball in his hands at the end of the play.

Marc Gasol Feeds Zach Randolph

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    Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph play with great chemistry. This play demonstrates just how great they are together as Gasol feeds his mate in the post.

    The play gave Memphis an eight-point second-quarter lead. However, it was only a slight comfort as the Hawks rallied in the third quarter and won 93-83.

    To be sure, it was a small moment in a big night for Randolph, who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Mike Conley Makes It Happen from Beyond the Arc

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    Mike Conley has had a fantastic year thus far from three-point range. He’s shooting a career-high 43.5 percent from downtown.

    In this play, Conley gets open and does his work naturally off a pass from Quincy Pondexter.

    Conley went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc that night, helping a 90-78 win against the Detroit Pistons.

Tony Allen Knifes It and Starts the Fast Break

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    Finishing this slideshow with anything other than a steal and fast break would do a disservice to the "Grindhouse."

    Here, Tony Allen rips apart a pass from Pau Gasol to Kobe Bryant and kicks off the transition game that the Grizz run so well. Rudy Gay would finish the play.

    It was all "grizzness" for Allen, who is now averaging 1.9 steals per game.