PHILADELPHIA — The streak is still alive and breathing, although it took two overtimes to crown a winner.
The Memphis Grizzlies went on the road and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 104-99, extending their winning streak to six games. With the win, Memphis is now 10-5 on the season. Memphis has now won eight consecutive contests against the Sixers.
Mike Conley and Marc Gasol were the clear MVPs for the Grizzlies on Wednesday night, but the amount of minutes they played is concerning (45 minutes a piece). With their history of injuries, Fizdale must be cautious moving forward.
Conley hit five out of his last six free throws to put Memphis on top at 104-99. The point guard continues to live up to the big contract, putting up 25 points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists. Conley also finished the night at plus-11.
Gasol was just as effective as Conley. He finished with 27 points on the night while also tallying three blocks and steals on the defensive end.
Ersan Illyasova led the way for Philadelphia with 22 points and 12 rebounds. The Sixers were looking for its first three-game winning streak in nearly three years, but came up short. Rookie center Joel Embiid had 12 points and 11 rebounds, but due to a minutes restriction for his foot, the doctors did not allow him to play in the second overtime. He finished with 27 minutes.
The Green Monster is in Memphis, Not Boston
JaMychal Green continues to make strides as the starting power forward for the Grizzlies. He finished with his first double-double of the season (10 points and 11 rebounds). In the past two games, the former Alabama Crimson Tide player has put up solid numbers, including 19 points and eight rebounds against Minnesota, and 12 points and eight rebounds against Charlotte).
It looks like Fizdale made the right choice as to start Green over Zach Randolph.
Bayless has a solid outing against former team, Harrison continues to progress
Jerryd Bayless returned for his second game for the Sixers after battling a wrist injury to start the season. Bayless came off the bench and ended up with 18 points, while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists. The former Arizona Wildcat tallied a plus-seven while on the court.
On the flip side, Andrew Harrison is continuing to improve and has started to find his footing with the Grizzlies. Although he only managed seven points in 42 minutes of action, the rookie played decent on both sides of the court, finishing with six assists and four steals while also grabbing four rebounds.
Troy Williams starts at small forward, and then doesn’t...
Before the game, it was announced that Williams would replace James Ennis — who will miss two weeks due to calf injury, according to reports. But to our surprise, Troy Daniels is the one who came out with starting unit, and he didn’t impress... In 23 minutes, Daniels managed just six points. He struggled to find his shot, again, shooting 2-of-7 from the floor. Hopefully Daniels will find his footing with Memphis really soon.