"It was the defensive intensity in all four quarters, especially in the first quarter," said Mike Conley, who led the Grizzlies with seven assists. "You've got to have that firepower out of the gate. That led to a lot of easy buckets for us."
Gay made seven of eight shots from the field and had 20 points in the first half to lead Memphis to a 68-46 lead at the break. He missed his only two attempts in the second half, but also finished with seven rebounds and four assists.
"They did a wonderful job of transition, taking care of the basketball and sharing the basketball," Pistons coach John Kuester said. "What we have to do as a team is to become better in our transition defense. We also need to be better at on-the-ball defense. We really struggled."
Both coaches lobbied the replacement officials pretty heavily in the first quarter, but sometimes it took an introduction to make their point. At one point, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins had to ask press row for the name of official Eric Hanspard, before calling out to get his attention.
Memphis F Darrell Arthur, who missed two early preseason games because of a strained pectoral muscle, aggravated the injury in Wednesday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The team now is classifying the injury as partial tear of the muscle, and Arthur is expected to miss the rest of the preseason. ... Pistons F Tayshaun Prince did not play, missing his second straight game with a cut on his right big toe. ... Villanueva, a free-agent signee over the summer, missed the first five games with a strained hamstring.