The Memphis Grizzlies came into tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers after losing a close one to the Phoenix Suns last night. The Lakers have not been great as of late, so the Grizzlies had the potential to grab a win tonight.
The Grizzlies started the game off strong, scoring 6 points in the first four minutes of the game. Jarell Martin had four early points for the Grizzlies. Marc Gasol and Tyreke Evans picked up where they left off last night against the Phoenix Suns, each scoring four points to build their lead to eight. After the first timeout, the Lakers went on a quick 5-0 run to cut the lead back to three.
Over the next four minutes, the Grizzlies only scored two more points. Both teams struggled on offense during the first quarter. There were lots of turnovers and bad offensive possessions. The Grizzlies were able to come out on top though, and lead the game by six at the end of the first quarter. They held the Lakers to just 25% shooting in the first quarter.
The second quarter started with a foul from Dillon Brooks, eight seconds into the period. Chandler Parsons was able to make a few plays happen, including a great assist to Deyonta Davis for an easy lob dunk.
Chandler had a great first ten minutes of the game, scoring five points, rebounding the ball, and dishing out a couple of assists. But the Grizzlies couldn’t stop Brandon Ingram; he was able to get the bucket at will and draw fouls. He scored nine points in just over ten minutes of game action.
Halfway through the second quarter, Jarell Martin was the leading scorer for the Grizzlies with eight points. The Lakers were playing much quicker than the Grizzlies during that second quarter, playing like they wanted it more than the Grizzlies. Tyreke Evans and Jarell Martin were the only offensive weapons the Grizzlies had during this stretch. They let the Lakers back in the game, despite shooting only 32%. They gave the lead back to the Lakers on an open drive to the basket by Kyle Kuzma. Tyreke was the only player keeping the Grizzlies in the ball game with 17 points with less than two minutes remaining in the half.
In the first quarter neither team could score the ball, but in the second quarter neither team wanted to play defense. The Grizzlies were able to push the lead to seven going into halftime.
The third quarter started much like the first, and the offense for both teams just was not there. There were a lot of missed shots for both teams early on in the quarter. Andrew Harrison was much better coming out of the locker room to start the second half. He was able to score six points and was largely the only offense that the Grizzlies had for a bit. They really struggled to rebound the ball, letting the Lakers get seventeen second chance points. The Lakers were out rebounding the Grizzlies on the offensive end 15-3 midway through the third quarter.
Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson gave the Grizzlies all kinds of problems, cutting the Grizzlies lead to just two points. Memphis continued to throw the ball away and turn the ball over in the back half of the third quarter. The Grizzlies were able to come back and tie the game at 76 to head into the fourth.
The fourth quarter started with four straight from the Grizz to give them a four point lead. Mario Chalmers showed up and nailed a three pointer to give the Grizzlies a six point lead with just over nine minutes to go. After the first timeout in the quarter, Andrew Harrison made a step back jumper and Tyreke made a step back three pointer. They were able to push the lead to nine points.
Jarell Martin had the best game of his career, knocking down 16 points and pushing the lead to double digits. With just under three minutes remaining, after a horrendous stretch of defense by the Grizzlies, the Lakers were able to cut the lead back to just eight points. Tyreke Evans got to the bucket at the end of the game and to the foul line to help extend the lead. The Grizzlies got away with the much-needed win, 109-99.