1) Offense comes to life, but defense struggles
The Memphis Grizzlies' offense found life in the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. Memphis opened up the game on a 9-2 run.
While the offense found their stride, the defense was slow to respond. The Kings scored their first five baskets in the paint, and took 12 free throws in the opening quarter. The Kings took a 29-25 lead into the second quarter.
2) JaMychal Green shines in second quarter
After being absent for much of the first four games, Grizzlies' forward JaMychal Green scored six points off of the bench in the second quarter and helped push the Memphis lead to 10 at halftime.
Green stole the show with his electrifying put-back dunk midway thru the second quarter, but was called for a technical foul on the follow-through.
3) No Gasol? No Problem!
Marc Gasol left the game with neck spasms after the first half of play.
ALERT: The Grizzlies have scored 100 (without Marc Gasol in the second half). And all is well again.— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) November 4, 2015
Zach Randolph took over in the third quarter and eventually finished the night with another double-double. Randolph had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
The Memphis bench scored 42 points with JaMychal Green and Brandan Wright scoring in double figures. The Grizzlies finished the night shooting 48.3 percent from the field, but shot 15 percent from behind the three point line (3-of-20).
Memphis finished with 50 points in the paint and limited Sacramento to only 32 after they scored their first five baskets down low.
With the win, the Grizzlies improved to 3-2 on the season and head to Portland on Thursday night for a rematch of last years first round playoff series.