Grizzlies team notesPosted by Inside Hoops
- Memphis has won four consecutive games, the club’s longest winning streak since winning the final five games of the 2005-06 season (Apr 11-19, 2006)… Prior to this current run, the Grizzlies had not won consecutive games all season.
- The Grizzlies’ current four-game winning streak is the third-longest active streak in the league behind Boston (14-straight) and San Antonio (sixstraight).
- In the current four-game winning streak, the Grizzlies are averaging 105.5 points, including 41.5 from the bench, and are outscoring opponents 85-32 (+13.3 points per game) in points off turnovers.
- Memphis has topped 100 points in all four games during the win streak (six times in the season’s first 20 games)… It marks the club’s longest stretch of the season scoring 100-plus points.
- The Grizzlies are 2-0 entering the third game of the club’s five-game home stand (Dec. 12-22), Memphis’ longest of the season.
- Memphis is 7-5 at home this season, the team’s best home start through 12 games since posting an identical mark in the 2005-06 season.
- Memphis has won five of its last six games since a seven-game losing streak (Nov. 21-Dec. 3)… The Grizzlies are 5-2 in the month of December.
- In the last six games (5-1 record), Memphis is averaging 40.3 bench points (29.9 season average), 11.2 turnovers (14.4 season average) and 22.5 points off turnovers (17.6 season average).
- The Grizzlies are 8-2 this season when winning or tying opponents the third quarter and 1-13 when they don’t.
- In 15 games this season, Memphis has used a starting lineup of Mike Conley (21 years old), O.J. Mayo (21), Rudy Gay (22), Darrell Arthur (20) and Marc Gasol (23) following an opening night loss at Houston on Oct. 29… The unit’s average age is just 21.4 years old, younger than the starting lineup for the Memphis Tigers (21.6 years old) in the 2008 NCAA Championship Game last April.
- O.J. Mayo leads all rookies in scoring at 20.8 points per game, the highest scoring average for a first-year player since Carmelo Anthony (21.0) and LeBron James (20.9) in 2003-04.
- In back-to-back nights, O.J. Mayo scored a then-career high 31 points on Nov. 9 at Denver and followed it up the on Nov. 10 at Phoenix with a career-best 33 points… Mayo became just the fifth NBA rookie (and the first in 28 years) to score 30-plus points on back-to-back nights on Nov. 10 or earlier in the season, joining Wilt Chamberlain (in 1959), Sidney Wicks (1971), Bernard King (1977) and Darrell Griffith (1980).
- The Grizzlies are 7-4 when Rudy Gay leads the team in scoring.
- Marc Gasol leads the Grizzlies and all first-year players in field goal percentage (.544)… Should he continue this pace, he would break his brother Pau Gasol’s franchise single-season record (.538 in 2006-07) and franchise rookie record (.518 in 2001-02) in the category.
- Eight of the 14 players on the Grizzlies’ roster are 23 years old or younger.