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The Grizzlies beat the Hawks 96-94

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I know, weird, right?

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies have been playing pretty bad basketball over the last few weeks, but so have the Atlanta Hawks. The Grizzlies came into tonight’s game with only 8 wins and the Hawks had only amassed 6 wins on the season. Tyreke Evans was back in the starting lineup for the Memphis Grizzlies, which was great, because they need every bit of his offense.

The first quarter started with a few turnovers, but Tyreke Evans scored the second basket for the Memphis Grizzlies and was attacking the basket, getting into the paint, and making things happen for the offense. the Grizzlies ayed some pretty bad basketball in the first quarter comitting 7 turnovers. The Hawks turned those 7 turnovers ino 8 points. Jarell Martin committed two fouls in the first two minutes of his playing time and the Grizzlies had 8 personal fouls in the first ten minutes of action. The Grizzlies finished the quarter with only 17 points, with 9 of them coming from Mario Chalmers and Chandler Parsons.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies started the second quarter off surprisingly well. Ben McLemore played like he was improving knocking down shots and playing okay defense. Behind six points from McLemore and a few more from Dilon Brooks, the Grizzlies went on a run and took a two point lead four minutes into the second quarter. The Grizzlies had 21 bench points at this point in the game, out-playing the starters. The Grizzlies hung tough throughout the second quarter, even with Tyreke Evans scoring back to back threes. Even after 11 points from Evans, the Grizzlies still trailed the Hawks at the half by 7 points. Marc Gasol had zero points and only four rebounds in the first half.

Marc Gasol came out in the third with back to back triples to pull the Grizzlies within one point of the Hawks. That was the lone bright spot of the third quarter for the Grizzlies. The defense continued to be bad and the turnovers continued. They let Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder score 27 points together mid way through the third quarter. JaMychal Green got in on the game by knocking down a corner three and so did Andrew Harrison, also knocking down a corner three. The Grizzlies went on a run to end the third quarter. Andrew Harrison had another three and Chandler Parsons helped create some offense, but the defense could not keep up the pace letting the Hawks take a one point lead into the fourth quarter.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreke Evans continued his scoring rampage in the fourth quarter, getting to the basket whenever he wanted. The Grizzlies defense however, was the main problem. They had given up 32 points in the paint and 11 made threes mid way through the fourth quarter. Andrew Harrison was playing well but committed his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter and had to sit down. The Grizzlies had good offense in the game’s final frame for the most part, but just could not stop the Hawks from scoring the basketball. Chandler Parsons was creating offense for Mario Chalmers, getting him wide open looks at threes. Mario Chalmers tied the game on a drive to the basket at 91-91 with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks went up by three after a free throw was made and Dennis Schroder got into the lane for an easy layup, but Mario Chalmers tied it up again with another three. The Grizzlies took the lead on a Tyreke Evans layup that looked impossible to make for any other normal player. The Grizzlies had a chance to go up multiple possessions but after a another turnover by Marc Gasol, the Hawks got the ball with a chance to tie or win the game with a three. The Grizzlies were able to hold off the Hawks with one good defensive possession, for their 9th win of the season.

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