The Grizzlies came out strong in this one, but their defense deflated in the second half and the Hawks pulled away late. Memphis was up 36-29 after the first quarter thanks to a buzzer beater by Vince Carter all the way from the Hawks' free throw line. Carter had a season high 14 points tonight and had his best game so far this season. Memphis also had a strong second quarter and led 58-53 at halftime. At the start of the third quarter, however, the Hawks came out and quickly erased the deficit. Memphis' defense really struggled in the second half, and the Hawks took advantage on offense. Atlanta shot 37 threes and made 14 of them. Memphis actually had a good night from beyond the arc as well with 12 threes, but it wasn't enough. At the end of the third quarter, the Hawks led Memphis 85-82. The Grizzlies tied the game early in the fourth quarter, but Atlanta later pulled out to a double digit lead and never looked back.
Paul Millsap had a huge night for the Hawks with 23 points, and Jeff Teague also had 20 points. In addition, Al Horford had 16 points, including 2 threes.
For Memphis, Mike Conley had a slow start. He was 0-5 from the field at the half but picked up his play in the second half. He had 16 points on the night:
In addition, Matt Barnes had a solid performance with 15 points. Courtney Lee also continued his strong play from the Houston game and ended up with 14 points tonight, although he struggled some later in the second half. Mario Chalmers had an extremely quiet night for Memphis with only 3 points, all of which were from free throws.
One problem for the Grizzlies was foul trouble early in the third quarter, which allowed the Hawks to get into the penalty. This was a result from the Grizzlies' sloppy and slow defense, which eventually cost them the game. Atlanta shot 36 free throws and made 32 of them.
Now, the Grizzlies stay in Memphis and await a match against the Philadelphia 76er's Sunday afternoon, in which they can hopefully bounce back from tonight's loss.