The Grizzlies began arguably their most emphatic display of defense this season by forcing a simple traveling violation.

What followed almost seemed criminal.

Memphis harassed the Detroit Pistons into one shot under duress after another. And as the Griz became more disruptive, turning deflections into steals and celebrating a couple of 24-second shot clock violations, the Pistons became more discombobulated.

It was a startling stretch that lasted six minutes Saturday night during the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies' 100-83 victory before 17,569 in FedExForum. The Griz flew around and disallowed the Pistons from running offense or getting a quality shot.

For about six minutes the Pistons got stuck on 78 while the Griz scored 17 straight points to pull away for their fourth straight victory.

"Just awesome," Griz coach Lionel Hollins said.

Guard O.J. Mayo, who helped provide the necessary offensive spark with three fourth-quarter 3-pointers, pointed out that "it was grind time."

Either way, the Griz led by 15 points with two minutes left to play by the time the Pistons finally ended their scoring drought.