The FedExForum is getting used to thrillers this season. The game went down the wire and fell on the side of Memphis once again. The Grizzlies came back from behind for the second night in a row and got away with the win after trailing by 8 at halftime.
Like it was against Orlando last Thursday and many other teams before, the defensive effort was key to the win. After allowing 62 points in the first half, the Grizzlies limited the Lakers to 38 in the second half.
Sharpshooter Troy Daniels had himself a night, leading the way with 31 points off the bench. As for the Lakers, Lou Williams went off for 40 points, four shy of his career high.
Memphis improves to 13-8 on the season with two consecutive victories. They have succeeded with their only nine available players. The 'Nasty Nine', as coach David Fizdale likes to call them, have done an amazing job in the absence of Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Chandler Parsons, Vince Carter, James Ennis, and Brandan Wright.
The @memgrizz are now 9️⃣-0️⃣ this season in super-clutch games (margin +/- 3 points at any point in the final 1:00 of the 4Q or OT).— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 4, 2016
Troy Daniels: A+
31 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists in 31 minutes (+8)
What a week it has been for Troy Daniels! After Vince Carter went down with a hip injury last Monday against Charlotte, Daniels has stepped up in a tremendous way. Last night, he carried the load offensively with a career-high 31 points including 6 of 12 from downtown. He also contributed with 5 huge points down the stretch.
.@troydaniels, Last 3 Games:— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) December 4, 2016
23.0 PPG / 69 PTS
54.5 FG% / 24-44 FG
52.0 3P% / 13-25 3P
Marc Gasol: A
19 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals in 34 minutes (+6)
Gasol was again vital for the depleted Grizzlies. He mostly acted as facilitator during the first half in which he dished out 6 of his 8 assists. Offensively, he scored in a number of ways including triples, turnarounds, fadeaways, and a sky hook for the last Grizzlies basket of the night.
JaMychal Green: A
16 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks in 34 minutes (+0)
Green was the energy guy for the Memphis Grizzlies last night. He recorded a double-double and did a good job on the glass in the second half by grabbing 10 of his 13 rebounds. He was the trailer in some of the Grizzlies fastbreaks and had two put-backs at the end of the third quarter to tie the game.
Tony Allen: B+
8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in 23 minutes (+2)
After picking up three fouls in the first quarter, Allen redeemed himself in the second half. The Grindfather took care of red hot Lou Williams who had 28 points in the first half. He limited him to 12 and energized the team with his usual determination. In the fourth alone, he spurred the Grizzlies' charge with 6 points to open the quarter and 8 rebounds, including three offensive ones.
Tony Allen just won the last 2 games. Y'all say something again about my man falling off. And be prepared to catch these hands— Wigsnatch (@RockWigsnatch) December 4, 2016
Wade Baldwin: B
7 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals (+6)
In the wake of the impending signing of Toney Douglas for the point guard position, Baldwin arguably had his best offensive game with the Grizzlies. He did not score much but made terrific passes, always finding the open guy. On the defensive end, though, he suffered the Lou Williams explosion in the first half and also fouled him twice on three point attempts.
Andrew Harrison: B-
6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists in 30 minutes (-7)
Harrison played smart last night. He didn’t try to do too much but ran the offense reasonably well. However, he was not very accurate from the perimeter with 1 out of 5 tries.
Jarrell Martin: C+
7 points, 2 rebounds in 20 minutes (+6)
Martin was not a difference maker rebounding-wise this time but he knocked down a three and provided some good defense at the center position during the second half while Gasol was resting.
Troy Williams: C
7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals in 35 minutes (+0)
Williams had once again a very discreet performance. He was 1 of 3 from the three point line and it seems that he cannot find his way to contribute substantially. With Ennis and Parsons hopefully back soon, Williams will probably be out of the rotation.
Deyonta Davis: C
2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in 7 minutes (-6)
Davis did not see much playing time last night. He was only on the floor during the first half where he managed to get a bucket in the paint on a Baldwin's assist. His minutes, however, are now crucial to allow Gasol to rest.
David Fizdale: A
Coach Fizdale has to get credit for the last two victories, managing a team riddled with rookies due to injuries. He trusted Troy Daniels when many were skeptical about his actual capability to chip in. The coach ordered to regularly put the ball on his hands and Daniels led the way for the Grizzlies with 31 points on 12 of 23 from the field.
In the second half, he cleaned up the main problems encountered by the Grizzlies during the first two quarters. Namely, the Lakers' second chance opportunities and Lou Williams's hot hand.