Grizzlies 111, Pistons 108 (OT)

Don Wade, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Detroit's inability to beat Western Conference teams on the road continued Friday night at FedExForum as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Pistons 111-108 in overtime.
The Grizzlies outscored the Pistons 16-13 in overtime.
Memphis point guard Mike Conley led all scorers with 22 points before fouling out.
Longtime Piston Tayshaun Prince, who was traded to the Grizzlies last season, only scored eight points, but six of them came in the overtime and one was a wide-open 3-pointer that put Memphis up 102-97. The Grizzlies never looked back.
Will Bynum hit a 3-pointer for Detroit that just beat the buzzer in overtime to make it a three-point final margin.
The last time the Pistons (1-1) had a road victory over a Western Conference team was March 14, 2012, at Sacramento. They now have lost 19 straight.
The Grizzlies (1-1) own an eight-game winning streak over the Pistons, dating to Jan. 27, 2010.
The Pistons had the last possession in regulation with 8.2 seconds left. Guard Chauncey Billups missed a 3-pointer from the wing and the game went to overtime tied 95-95.
Memphis had rallied from a 95-90 deficit to tie the score when center Marc Gasol put back his own miss at the rim.
It was the first victory as an NBA coach for Dave Joerger, who was elevated from his assistant's position to replace Lionel Hollins after the Grizzlies won a franchise-best 56 games last season.
Guard Rodney Stuckey came off the bench to score 19 points for Detroit. Center Andre Drummond had a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Josh Smith finished with 17 points and Greg Monroe 16. Bynum scored 15 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope chipped in 13.
Memphis got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Zach Randolph. Tony Allen and Gasol finished with 15 points each.
The Grizzlies used a 10-0 run in the second quarter to grab the lead and they led 47-41 at halftime after a Randolph putback just beat the buzzer. The Grizzlies shot 57.6 percent from the field in the opening half.
NOTES: Grizzlies swingman Quincy Pondexter received a four-year contract extension, reportedly in excess of $14 million. Pondexter improved his stock by averaging 15.3 points in the Western Conference Finals. Pondexter went to the same high school in Fresno, Calif., as the Lopez twins -- Brook and Robin. "We never thought all three of us were going to make it in the NBA and be here for the long haul," Pondexter said. "I think we're going to have a great time at our 10-year class reunion. A lot of loans and autographs." ... First-year Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks had interest in adding Hollins to his staff, but it didn't work out. "He did a very, very good job here," Cheeks said of Hollins' run in Memphis. ... Detroit G Brandon Jennings (jaw/wisdom tooth) was not in uniform on Friday night. ... The Grizzlies set a franchise record with 32 home victories last season.

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