The Grizzlies barely managed to squeak out a win against the Mavericks on Thursday. After winning two games in a row, the Rockets came into FedExForum looking to extend that to three, even without Eric Gordon, who was a late scratch for the game. The first quarter started off slow for the Grizzlies, allowing early threes to Ariza and Ryan Anderson. The Houston Rockets looked to exploit Jarell Martin’s defense early tonight, by switching Harden onto him and letting Harden get to the basket. Grizzlies decided to bring in Dillon Brooks for Jarell Martin to curb the pick and roll that the Rockets were using. Chandler Parsons came into the game and scored 10 points on four for four shooting in only four minutes!
Chandler Parsons has 10 points in 2 minutes. pic.twitter.com/aogJBrlP5B— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) October 29, 2017
The second quarter started with Ryan Anderson continuing to shoot well from behind the arc, hitting his fourth three in the game. The Grizzlies played pretty well on defense, but struggled on offense. At one point the Grizzlies missed four or five straight layups. The rookie, Dillon Brooks, ended the Grizzlies drought with a much needed three to give them the lead. Jarell Martin got in the game with a beautiful transition slam and then a put back on top of someone in back to back possessions. The Grizzlies defense began to ramp up late in the second quarter, even though Mike Conley and Marc Gasol only had 9 points combined up to this point in the game. Ryan Anderson still continued to hurt the Grizzlies, putting up 15 points in the first half. Even though Marc and Mike struggled in the first half, the Grizzlies lead at the break 54-49.
The Grizzlies came out of the half with a five point lead, but it was erased pretty quickly by the Rockets and Ryan Anderson. Andrew Harrison continued to struggle on both ends of the court for the Grizzlies, prompting Coach Fizdale to bring in Dillon Brooks early. Chandler Parsons returned to the lineup mid way through the third quarter, and immediately hit another three. Parsons went on to score 9 points in just over three minutes. The offense in the third quarter consisted of Chandler Parsons scoring a lot of points, and Dillon Brooks helping him out every once in a while.
Marc Gasol continued to struggle but did his best to get to the line, making 4 free throws in the the third quarter. The Grizzlies were getting offense from the unlikeliest of players, and lead the way through three quarters, even though Marc and Mike struggled through the entire game. Chandler Parsons ended the third quarter with six threes, scoring 24 points throughout the game.
The Grizzlies started to pull out a lead to start the four quarter, getting up by double digits. The defense on the second unit ramped up even more, and Parsons played great defense to get them out running in transition. The Grizzlies took a 13 point lead behind a Tyreke Evans dunk. The Grizzlies bench ran the floor well, throwing lobs to Wright and draining threes. It was just their night. The bench for the Grizzlies played great, outscoring the Rockets’ bench 61-15 at this point in the game, building a 19 point lead for the home team. The Grizzlies took down the Rockets behind the game’s leading scorer Chandler Parsons.
Grizzlies win this one 103-89 and look to get another win on Monday when they face the Charlotte Hornets.