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Grizzlies 110, Jazz 99: Rudy and Z-Bo Take Down the Jazz


I said before the game that the keys to victory for the Grizzlies were feeding Zach Randolph the basketball in his sweet spots as well as getting Rudy Gay involved early to spread the floor. Both of those things happened and despite a run from the Jazz here and there, the Grizzlies were able to come away with an 11-point victory over the Utah Jazz, giving them a three-game winning streak, their third of the season. Gay finished with with 28 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals while Randolph scored 26 points to go along with 11 boards. 

Memphis was excellent offensively in this game because they continued to go with what worked. In the half-court, they let Rudy get his looks, whether in isolation sets or on the swing, and they made Zach Randolph got the basketball. During a second quarter string of turnovers, for both sides, they made some good plays in transition and built their lead. Memphis scored 113.4 points per 100 possessions in this game, which is pretty darn good. One common theme in each of the Grizzlies' last three wins is that in all of those victories, their offensive efficiency was above 110. 

When the Grizzlies execute offensively and utilize all of their weapons to their fullest ability, then they are a very good team and one that can beat any team in the league on a given night. That's something that I have have said before but it bears repeating after a game like that. 


Just a quick recap of this game for today. Will have much, much more in my recap of the Thunder-Grizzlies game that takes place tomorrow. Visit SLC Dunk for a recap on the Jazz side of things.