Memphis 93, Houston 97

Date - Monday, February 20, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Officials - #56 Mark Ayotte, #24 Mike Callahan, #60 James Williams
Attendance - 12525

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Memphis 28 26 22 17 93
Houston 31 27 18 21 97

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Memphis 0-0 0-0 0-0 L1
Houston 0-0 0-0 0-0 W2


Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, including two clutch free throws in the final seconds, to give host Houston a hard-fought victory.

Houston picked up its third win in its last four outings and snapped a two-game losing streak to Memphis. The Grizzlies had their four-game winning run spoiled and remained winless in their last 11 trips to the Toyota Center.

Lowry buried a deep 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring to open the fourth quarter, extending a 12-2 run for the Rockets.

Houston built on that following a clear-path foul, with Courtney Lee hitting two free throws then burying a corner 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to put the Rockets up by 10 points with just under nine minutes remaining.

Memphis started the fourth quarter 0 for 8 and didn’t score its first field goal until the 5:43 mark of the final period.

Rudy Gay’s layup pulled the Grizzlies to within two points with 19 seconds remaining, however Memphis could not complete the comeback. Gay, scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half, struggling against longer defender Chandler Parsons in the second half.

Kevin Martin chipped in with 22 points for the Rockets, shooting 8 for 13 for the floor.

Marreese Speights hit his first six shots of the game, finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Mike Conley added 16 points for Memphis.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Houston hit 12 of its final 13 shots of the first quarter. … Samuel Dalembert was back in the Rockets’ starting lineup after being benched for missing shootout around this week. … Houston improved to 11-2 when leading at halftime. … Memphis hasn’t won in Houston since April 2006.

Top Game Performances

Memphis   Houston
Rudy Gay 23 Scoring Kyle Lowry 24
Marc Gasol 5 Assists Kyle Lowry 9
Marc Gasol 7 Rebounds Patrick Patterson 9
Marc Gasol 5 Free Throws Made Kyle Lowry 7
Tony Allen 2 Steals Kyle Lowry 4
Mike Conley 1 Blocks Courtney Lee 1

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 93 48.1 3-13 14-18 17 38 3 6 13
Houston 97 47.3 7-22 20-25 21 36 3 9 14

Upcoming Games

  • Houston will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Rockets have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Memphis will play their next game at home against Philadelphia. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
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