Tuesday night, the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Brooklyn Nets their third-consecutive loss, beating them 95-86 in Lionel Hollins' first return to Memphis since he was fired from his position as the Grizzlies' coach.
Riding a strong first quarter—the Grizz outscored the Nets 95-86 in the period—to their eventual victory, Memphis capitalized on Brooklyn mistakes in their balanced win.
Tony Allen was perfect from the floor, adding 12 points on five shots. Courtney Lee scored 15, including eight straight to open the third quarter. Beno Udrih notched 13 off the bench, spearheading Memphis' second unit in the final quarter.
The trio helped compensate for Mike Conley's rough night; he scored just two points (1-of-8 FG) and dished out just four assists.
On Brooklyn's side, Deron Williams finally showed signs of life after 2.75 games without a field goal. The former starter had 10 points.
Their new floor general, Jarrett Jack, scored 12 but exited after the third quarter after being kicked in the hamstring. He did not return.
Alan Anderson and Mason Plumlee led the team with 15 apiece, though it wasn't enough to overcome Memphis' balanced attack.
In the end, the Nets played the Grizzlies even (and ultimately outscored them) in the final three quarters, but Memphis' strong start was simply too much for the team to overcome.