The Nets have now won two straight games, the first time since winning the first two of the season.
Memphis struggled mightily from the field early, but they were able to keep it close throughout most of the first quarter. Marc Gasol went down hard, which opened up the paint for Brook Lopez, who outmatched Hasheem Thabeet. Lopez put up 12 points to lead all scorers in the quarter.
Jordan Farmar drilled a deep three to close the first quarter. That shot capped off a 10-2 Nets run which gave them an eight point lead after one.
New Jersey stayed hot into the second quarter as they enjoyed a 16-3 run spanning the quarter. Farmar and former Laker teammate Sasha Vujacic gave the Nets great minutes off the bench. Vujacic continues to prove that he was a good acquisition, even at the expense of Terrence Williams. He scored 11 points in 13 minutes in the first half.
Gasol returned and scored a few quick baskets which gave the Grizzlies some momentum. Zack Randolph was a beast on the glass and actually had a double-double with five minutes still to go in the half. He finished the half with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Memphis trailed only 45-43 at the break.
The Grizzlies came out strong in the second half and even took the lead. The 19-year-old, Xavier Henry, hit some clutch baskets for Memphis. Several lead changes ensued, but the Nets hit a hot streak and opened a 12-point lead. The Grizzlies fought back though and trailed by six after three quarters.
Kris Humphries had a double-double through three quarters with 10 points and 13 rebounds. It is Humphries’ ninth double-double this season. He had only recorded four in his first six years in the league.
The Grizzlies came clawing back to cut New Jersey’s lead to four. O.J. Mayo played well throughout the whole second half, but especially early in the fourth.
Stephen Graham played extremely well defensively, holding Grizzlies’ superstar Rudy Gay to 4-of-16 from the field for only 11 points. Graham also buried the dagger with under 30 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Lopez scored a game-high 26 points. Devin Harris and Travis Outlaw scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Outlaw grew up just three hours from Memphis and played well in front of his dad and other family members.
The Nets get right back to the grind Wednesday night on the road against the Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets. 10 of their next 13 games will be on the road.