The Memphis Grizzlies came into the night at 9-23 on the season, after a crushing loss against the Phoenix Suns the last game. The Grizzlies played well there but could not get a basket over the last six minutes to put them over the top to win that game and Troy Daniels nailed a three with less than a minute to go to give the Suns the win. The Grizzlies played the Clippers that have not been great all year either, but have been much better in spurts than the Grizzlies.
The Los Angeles Clippers started with two made jumpers in a row and the Grizzlies started with two difficult baskets from Andrew Harrison, ne with a foul call to go to the line to make it a three point play. The Grizzlies had no interest in playing defense at all to start the game and let the Clippers hit six of their first seven shots. The Clippers scored twenty one points in the first six minutes of the game. The Grizzlies had no communication on defense and let the shooters for the Clippers get wide open for so many shots. Kobi Simmons checked in as the backup point guard for the Grizzlies and immediately made an impact, even throwing and amazing dime to James Ennis.
The first quarter was a high scoring affair with Tyreke Evans having ten points in the first quarter. It was a high scoring offense for both teams and absolutely zero defense played.
The second quarter started with a lot of young guys on the court for the Grizzlies. The first few minutes did not get much better on the defensive end, but they were getting more open shots on offense. The Clippers got out to a five point lead but that was as high as the lead was for the first five minutes of the second quarter. The Grizzlies were able to great drives to the basket, open threes, and second chance points, but the defense negated all of that. They cut the lead to one point with just over five minutes left in the quarter. Kobi Simmons drove the lane around a pick by Marc Gasol and was able to get a open runner in the lane to give the Grizzlies the lead. Dillon Brooks came right back to push the lead to four with a wide open three. The lead did not last long, the Clippers came back and tied after several fouls in a row by the Grizzlies. Tyreke Evans went to the locker room very briefly only to came right back out and get in the game. The Grizzlies came back strong the last few minutes of the half stretching their lead out to four points back from a seven point deficit.
The third quarter started with back to back tripes from Dillon Brooks and Tyreke Evans, the Grizzlies lead growing to nine points. They also started with much defense than they had all the entire first half. Those six points from the two threes were the only points that the Grizzlies scored for the first five minutes of the third quarter. There was no real offense in the third quarter, just a lot of Tyreke isolation and screen action with Marc Gasol and Andrew Harrison. All the other players on the court were just standing around watching the offense. The Clippers were able to get it back within one with just over four minutes left in the quarter but the Grizzlies answered back with seven points to get the lead back to five. The started to get defensive rebounds and get out in transition, scoring in transition. That is the best offense for the Grizzlies and that is what gave them the lead in the third quarter. They were able to stretch the lead to nine at the end of the third by playing defense and getting out in transition.
The Grizzlies committed two early fouls to start he fourth quarter, letting the Clippers get easy points at the free throw line. With more than nine minutes left in the fourth quarter the Grizzlies committed their fourth foul and had no more to give for the duration of the game, giving the Clippers free throws every time they fouled. Lou Williams started to hit some shots for the Clippers and they were able to cut the lead to only seven points. Chandler Parsons finally got a bucket with eight minutes left hitting a big three and getting the lead back to ten. Tyreke Evans hit a three and then the Grizzlies got a bucket in transition to give them a thirteen point lead with just over six minutes left in the game. Immediately out of the break Evans hit another three, scoring thirty points in the game.
The Grizzlies combined to shoot thirteen threes on the night which is a huge reason they were winning by ten with three minutes left in the game. The offense stopped after the Grizzlies started settling for threes and they started missing. They let the Clippers get the lead down to six points after multiple threes and a technical foul on Dillon Brooks. The Clippers hit another three and the Grizzlies could not score again, giving the Clippers a chance for a three to tie the game. The Grizzlies clamped down defensively and were able to pull out the win when they forced a turnover on the Clippers last possession. The Grizzlies win it 115 to 112.