Mike Conley (back) and Vince Carter (hip) sat after suffering injuries against Charlotte. With Ennis, Wright, Randolph (for personal reasons), and Parsons still out, Memphis was left with just 9 warm bodies to play in Toronto.
The Grizzlies were determined to make up for the depleted numbers with extra effort (why we love them), forcing 11 first-half turnovers against a team that averages 12 per game. All 9 Grizzlies scored in the first half (even Troy Daniels!) to turn in a strong 57 points on 52% shooting, and build up a 12-point lead by the break.
Toronto found its rhythm in the third quarter, getting back a 7-point lead of their own through a bevy of offensive rebounds. The Grizzlies countered with an 8-0 run to start the fourth, but couldn’t defend the three-point line as Toronto notched an insurmountable 12-point lead on DeMarre Carroll’s triple with 4 minutes to go. Toronto finished with 16 threes on the 32 attempts.
Andrew Harrison: 21 points, 4-5 from three
Troy Daniels: 19 points, 4-8 from three
Your Tony Allen Doing Tony Allen Things Moment of the Game™
Memphis plays the second night of a back to back tomorrow at home against the Orlando Magic.