MEMPHIS — The streak was going to end sooner or later for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Unfortunately, it occurred sooner rather than later after the Miami Heat came to FedExForum and halted the Grizzlies winning streak, 90-81. Memphis never managed to grab the lead.
The Memphis defense played solid throughout the contest, holding the Heat to a shooting percentage of 38.8 percent. But Miami was able to shoot 39 percent from beyond the arc, while Memphis shot an abysmal 21 percent from the three-point line and 35 percent overall.
To top it off — while the shooting was absolutely disappointing during the entire game — the Grizzlies turned it over 18 times, resulting in 23 points for Miami. On the other side, the Heat only coughed the ball up nine times. It’s hard to win games without generating points off turnovers and the Grizzlies failed to do so all night long.
Tyler Johnson led the way for Miami, scoring 22 off the bench. Dion Waiters chipped in 15 points as the starting shooting guard.
Conley comes off the bench with a reduction in minutes, while Gasol also gets short work
In an attempt to reduce the minutes of his $150 million point guard, head coach David Fizdale started Andrew Harrison over Mike Conley, playing in only 23 minutes of action. Fizdale also limited Marc Gasol, as the All-Star big man was only on the court for 25 minutes. This was largely due to the fact Conley and Gasol played over 40 minutes each in the Grizzlies’ double-overtime win over the Sixers.
Although the two saw a minutes reduction, Conley generated 16 points, while Gasol chipped in nine points and five blocks on defense. JaMychal Green was one of the small bright spots on the night for Memphis, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds.
With the loss, the Grizzlies are now 10-6. They play the Heat once again tomorrow night, this time in Miami.