Mike Conley flew down the court for the layup and everyone rose and cheered, but the best part of the play might have been what was happening clear back at the other end.

Marc Gasol was celebrating with Marreese Speights, the Grizzlies' new power forward. He reached over and gave him an encouraging rub on the head.

Speights — whose casual approach to defense had gotten him benched and then run out of Philadelphia — had started the play by altering the shot of New Orleans center Chris Kaman. Gasol had scooped up the rebound and fired the ball to Conley for the easy score.

So Gasol immediately went and found Speights. To ask for more of the same.

"I'm going to try to make him better," said Gasol. "I know I'm going to be here four more years, I've got to do what I can do."

What he's been doing so far this year is everything. Which is exactly what he did against New Orleans on Saturday night.

Gasol had 20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots to lead the Grizzlies to a 108-99 victory over Greivis Vasquez and the Hornets. And he would have had more if he hadn't sprained his ankle with 10:51 in the game.