Official postgame quotes and notes from the Jazz's 95-84 home win Friday against Memphis.
Notes: The Jazz is now 4-0 at home this season ... The Jazz now leads the all-time series with Memphis 45-16, including 26-6 at home and have won the last 9 games in Salt Lake City … Earl Watson was 5-5 from the field in the first half on his way to a season-high 11 points … Devin Harris played despite missing the end of Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee with a strained left calf … Harris finished with 11 points and three assists... Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 20 points and nine rebounds … The Jazz came into the game leading the NBA in blocked shots (7.5 per game) and recorded 10 blocks tonight ... All 11 Jazz players who entered the game scored … The Jazz shot .507, 36-71 their highest percentage of the season (.487, 37-76 vs. NOH 1/2).
Tyrone Corbin – Head Coach (4-3 this season)
On Jazz’s defense
"I thought our defense was about as good as I’ve seen it from one to five. The stuff we did on the defensive end was really encouraging. This is what we were talking about from day one and to see it tonight is a clear indicator, first of all, that we can do it… that we can do it individually and we can do it as a team. And we want to continue to build off of that."
On being over .500 for first time since March 2011
"It is [a good sign]. You’re winning games. You’re taking care of your home business. You won all your games here so far and the guys have done a tremendous job of staying together. (We’re) working to help each other get better and not being satisfied with what we did the first couple games on the road."
Gordon Hayward – Forward (5 points, 2 blocks)
On the Jazz defense swarming to the paint
"That was the plan. No easy buckets for them. Try to make everything difficult. We were able to do that
On the Jazz attitude after four wins at home
"I think we’re still hungry. We’re ready to prove ourselves on the road. I think a lot of us still remember those losses. So we definitely still have to prove ourselves on the road."
Alec Burks – Guard (7 points, 3 rebounds)
On his game
"I’m glad that coach Ty is finding confidence in me. I’ll take it. It seems like Coach Ty is gaining more confidence in me every game. I’m just trying to pay him back by me playing good, playing good defense. "
On how the team feels after four straight home wins for the Jazz
"We feel confident. When you win, you feel more confident. You go to your next one and try to win that one."
Josh Howard – Guard (13 points, 3 rebounds)
On the game
"It was an amazing game. Guys came out and competed very hard, especially in the third quarter. As far myself, I just continue to chip away. Get my legs up under me, but every game I feel better."
On the depth of the team
"We have a great group of guys. Guys know their roles pretty much for the most part and continue to come out and play hard."
Notes: The Grizzlies went on an 11-0 scoring run in the first quarter to open up a 24-14 lead over the Jazz … The Grizzlies starters scored every point in the first quarter … The Jazz have beaten the Grizzlies nine straight times in Salt Lake City … Marc Gasol is the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in field goal percentage and he shot 9-15 tonight … Gasol also recorded 10-plus rebounds for the fifth time in the last six games …The Grizzlies opened the third quarter with a 12-7 run, building a seven-point lead and then ended the third quarter allowing the Jazz to go on a 10-0 run…The Grizzlies were outscored 27-21 in the fourth
Lionel Hollins – Head Coach (3-4 this season)
On the difference in the fourth quarter tonight
"Well they made plays and we didn’t. We didn’t execute very well and then we couldn’t stop them, and they were able to get to the basket and get offensive rebounds and we were missing a lot of shots coming down the stretch and we just didn’t execute after timeouts, people didn’t know where they were supposed to be. We just have to be better."
If there is one specific area where you really missed Zach Randolph tonight
"Man, I don’t want to talk about Zach Randolph. Zach is not here. We’ve played three games without Zach and we’re 2-1. This is our fourth game without Zach and we get beat and now somebody wants to ask me about Zach. Here’s the deal, Zach’s not here and if he was here, we still would have gotten our butts beat if we didn’t execute down the stretch."
Marc Gasol – (21 points, 11 rebounds)
On the lack of execution at the end of the game
"We got to be better at the end, especially on the road. We got to be better executing and knowing our scheme defensively, and trying to take them away from what they are trying to do."
On playing in Utah:
It is tough to play here. We all knew that. I’ve been here long enough to know how tough it is to get a ‘W’ in Utah. They play extra hard, the crowd is unbelievable, they support their team. You have to give them credit."
Tony Allen – (21 points, 6 rebounds)
Issues that occurred in the fourth quarter
"Coming out of time-out, I think us not knowing coverages, defensively late, like coach said, a couple of blow-byes, a couple of uncontested shots, not knowing what we were doing on offense down the stretch, I think that had a total on what was happening throughout the 48 minutes. But we had our chances so hopefully we can move forth from this."
Why he felt the Grizzlies struggled in the fourth quarter
"The lack of focus, I just got to put it all on focus. I’m just going to say focus today. We weren’t focused down the stretch. I think once they made that run it kind of stunned us. We were up the whole game, and once they made that run it stunned us. We weren’t able to weather that storm. Normally we are good in those situations, but tonight it wasn’t one of those nights."
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