Marc Gasol scored 15, Tony Allen 14, Quincy Pondexter 13, and Courtney Lee added 12 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 112-72 preseason victory over Brazil's Flamengo on Friday night. The Grizzlies pounded Flamengo making it their worst loss of their tour so far.
Marcelinho Machado and Marcus Vinicius led Flamengo with 17 points and 14, respectively.
Memphis forced 20 turnovers in the game's first 29 minutes.
“We just wanted to go out there and be sharp and efficient,” Conley said. “We weren’t worried about the game plan as much as just playing hard. We were picking up full court and executing.”
The Grizzlies were tied with Flamengo though, in the second quarter. They went on a 20-0 run that completely sent the game into chaos for Flamengo. They also led by 40 points in the third.
“We played pick-and-roll defense really well. We kept them on one side of the floor,” Gasol said. “The game, though, was useful. Those types of teams do a good job of moving the ball and keeping you in action. It was a good test for us.”
The Grizzlies are a team that are hoping to be a bigger threat in the Western Conference this season. If Marc Gasol can stay healthy, their chances of making a 4th or 5th seed become much greater and they are hopeful that they can be a solid threat to teams like the Clippers, Thunder, and Spurs.