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Recap: Grizzlies Roll New Orleans 142-101

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Tony Allen is back in his first appearance as a Pelican in Memphis

NBA: Preseason-New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Grindfather was back in the building tonight, but it was only as a spectator as the Memphis Grizzlies got a commanding victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, 142-101.

The Grizzlies and Pelicans both looked a bit out of sync early on, the Grizzlies especially so. Marc Gasol got the Grizzlies first basket with about 8:30 left in the quarter. Wade Baldwin got the start at the 2 spot like Andrew Harrison did last game. Wade, Marc, and Mike Conley each had threes to help give the Grizzlies a 34-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. Conley was the big star of the first, going 4 of 5 from the floor, and the Grizzlies overall shot an astounding 60% as a team.

The second quarter started off as “The Dillon Brooks Show” with the rookie hitting his first four shots in the quarter including this one from about 30 feet:

Brooks would end up going 4 for 4 from three in the quarter and finished the half with 15 points. As a team, the Grizzlies continued their hot 3 point shooting overall and went 11 of 17 for 65%. Mike Conley had 15 points for the Grizz and Marc Gasol had 17 to lead all scorers. On the other side, Jrue Holliday led the way for the Pelicans with 14 points. The Grizzlies shot 58% overall from the floor and went into the half with a 76-52 lead.

Memphis extended its lead as high as 44 points in the third quarter. Jarell Martin put the Grizzlies over 100 points with two free throws at around 4 minutes left in the third. Yes. 100 points with a full quarter left to play further emphasizes just how well the Grizzlies shot the ball up to that point. Jarell ended up scoring 10 points in the third, and the Grizzlies ended the quarter on top of the Pelicans 115-71. Mike Conley and JaMychal Green both had four a piece as the Grizzlies extended their lead. The Pelicans got 7 points in the quarter from Jordan Crawford but not much else from the rest of their roster, scoring only 19 in the in the third.

The fourth quarter was much of the same from the Grizzlies. By this point, all of the starters for both teams hadn’t seen the floor in some time, and the Grizzlies continued to pull away. Rade Zagorac had 6 points and 5 rebounds in the quarter, in his most comfortable looking effort of his preseason. Almost everyone that saw the floor for the Grizzlies got on the scoring sheet, except for Andrew Harrison, Tyreke Evans, and Deyonta Davis. At one point, it looked as if the Grizzlies would eclipse both of their records for most points in a game (144) and biggest margin of victory (47), but it wouldn’t have counted anyway since it’s preseason, and the Pelicans closed out the game with 30 points, their most points in any quarter for the night.

New Orleans was led by Jordan Crawford’s 19 points off the bench. Jrue Holliday scored 14 points in the first half, and that’s where he finished. The only other 2 players in double figures for the Pelicans were Cheick Diallo with 13, and Jalen Jones with 12.

The Grizzlies and Pelicans will be back at for the regular season opener Wednesday night, where Tony Allen will make his official debut as a New Orleans Pelican.

In the Grizzlies’ final preseason game, Dillon Brooks looked particularly strong. 15 points on 5 for 5 from three. But the spotlight was on Andrew Harrison, Wade Baldwin, Deyonta Davis, and Jarell Martin. Martin led all scorers with 19 points off the bench. Harrison and Davis however, did not score. Baldwin spent more time on the floor than any other Grizzly tonight, in a move to see exactly what he can do. Martin was definitely the most impressive tonight, but the Grizzlies will have some tough decisions to make over the next several days.