Grizzlies catch-and-shoot way to 6-0

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Mike Conley hit a big 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to help keep the Grizzlies undefeated.

In honor of the first 6-0 start in Memphis Grizzlies history, here are the five stats you need to know about their hot start.

Starting strong

Not only is Memphis’ six-game win streak to start the season the best in franchise history, it is three times as good as the best previous streak of 2-0. That was done twice before, when the team was still located in Vancouver.

Road warriors

Four of the Grizzlies' wins have come on the road. In those games, they have allowed an average of 84.5 points per game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only four other teams in the shot-clock era won their first four road games while allowing an average of fewer than 85 points per game: 1996-97 Pistons (84.0 PPG), 1998-99 Jazz (81.3), 2000-01 76ers (79.0) and 2009-10 Celtics (82.3).

Grizzlies on Catch-And-Shoot FG
This Season


The Grizzlies went ahead Friday 90-89 on Mike Conley's catch-and-shoot 3-pointer with 38 seconds left in the game, and would not relinquish the lead. The Grizzlies, who shot 53 percent on catch-and-shoots Friday (8-of-15), entered the contest ranked 11th in the NBA on such shots.

Hitting from deep

The Grizzlies ranked last in the NBA in 3-pointers made in each of the previous two seasons, averaging fewer than five per game.

Through their first four games this season, the Grizzlies maintained that pace as they made a total of 18 3-pointers.

In the past two games, the Grizzlies have had nine 3-pointers in each game.

Grizzlies' Defense This Season

Shutting down transition

The Thunder scored four points in transition Friday after averaging 11.2 points through their first five games. The Grizzlies entered the game allowing 14.8 transition points per game, which ranked 11th in the NBA.