At the beginning of the first quarter, the 76ers came out with a lot of energy, but the Grizzlies did a great job of not getting into a rat race with the young Philly team. Early on, the 76ers were up 7-3 against Memphis, but by the end of the first quarter Memphis was up 31-23. Marc Gasol came out aggressive early tonight and had 9 points at the end of the first period on the way to 19 on the night. Tony Allen was back for Memphis tonight and came off the bench. He only had 1 point but had a steal and three rebounds. Also off the bench, Zach Randolph had 14 points tonight and seems to be adjusting to his new role well. In the second quarter, the 76ers controlled much of the period. They gained the lead with less than 6 minutes to go, but Memphis rebounded and fought back to gain a 53-47 lead at halftime. The Grizzlies came out strong at the beginning of the third quarter to gain a 9 point lead. At the end of the third, Memphis led 77-66 thanks to a buzzer beater transition bucket from Courtney Lee, who had 15 points overall tonight:
This slip-up by the 76ers was the 20th of their 26 total turnovers on the night. Matt Barnes had another strong showing with 12 points, including 2 threes. For the 76ers, Jahil Okafor had 18 points and 5 rebounds. One area that the Grizzlies struggled with was rebounding. Philadelpha had 40 of them while Memphis had only 34. Philadelphia really gave a fight until late third quarter, and the Grizzlies quickly pulled away in the fourth. Former Grizzly Tony Wroten returned from injury but was only 2-7 from the field. Isaiah Canaan had 11 points and was 1-2 from three. Mike Conley had a solid performance for Memphis to follow up his Saturday night showing. He had 18 points and 6 assists. Off the bench, Vince Carter logged some valuable minutes and scored 2 threes.
The 76ers fall to 1-29, and the Grizzlies are now 16-14. Now, the Memphis Grizzlies face the Washington Wizards on the road tomorrow night at 6 PM CT, when Memphis can hopefully extend its winning streak to three games.