Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Throw defensive ratings and normal shooting percentages out the window. The Grizzlies and 76ers got offensive tonight.
We allowed the 76ers to shoot 54% from the floor, and we won the game. We committed 17 turnovers, let Evan Turner go off for 27 points, and had Zach Randolph get completely shut down, and we won the basketball game.
I’m not sure if we escaped or survived tonight, but the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a really fun basketball game with the final score of 103-100. For a game that featured two stingy defenses, things got offensive in a hurry.
The 76ers started the game off about as well as you could possibly hope to start, going 7/7 from the field. Jrue Holiday came out on fire, capitalizing on his All-Star season. Both he and Thaddeus Young led a balanced 76er scoring drive in the first quarter which saw them lead by as many as 17. The Grizzlies trailed 33-20 after one, and had it not been for nine points from Jerryd Bayless, they might have let things get away from them.
But Bayless helped them weather the storm, and his driving layup to end the first quarter steadied the ship and got the momentum to start swinging back in the Grizzlies favor. In the second quarter, Marc Gasol decided to join him. He made hook shots, he made layups, and he even tossed in a 3 for good measure, dropping 14 of his team high 27 in the quarter. With Bayless continuing his hot shooting, adding 10 more points in the quarter, Memphis outscored their opponents 37-21 to take a 3 point halftime lead.
The 76ers came out hot in the 3rd, with Evan Turner leading the way with 14 of his team high 27 coming in the quarter. At times, he couldn’t be stopped. Adding to the craziness of the game, Kwame Brown also saw the floor for Philly, and played quality minutes, helping Thaddeus Young keep Zach Randolph silent.
Tony Wroten started the 4th quarter of a tie game with 5 straight points, but the lead was never for very long, as both teams kept scoring seemingly at will. Jrue Holiday made a jump shot with 3 minutes to go, putting his team up 100-97, and it looked like the Grizzlies weren’t going to be able to pull this one out, but the 76ers would not put the ball through the hoop again in the contest. A Zach Randolph tip in followed by four points from Rudy Gay iced the game for Memphis.
- Thaddeus Young shut Zach Randolph down. ZBo was 2-7 (seven shots!) from the field, mainly because Young just made it extremely difficult to get him the ball. It’s not easy to shut down ZBo, but its especially not easy to do it while going for 23 and 7 on the other end. Hats completely off to him.
- This was the first time Rudy eclipsed the 20-point barrier since January 11, vs. the Spurs.
- Chris Johnson was a +19 for the game. He’s a lock for a second 10-day contract.
- This was the first time the Grizzlies won a game when allowing 100 points.