On a night when the Grindfather sat, Memphis stood up and took a game they were supposed to win as they defeated the Brooklyn Nets 112-103.
With Tony Allen resting, the Grizzlies started JaMychal Green, James Ennis, Chandler Parsons, Mike Conley, and Marc Gasol. As Mullinax noted in his preview, this was a game about getting back to basics. The Grizz did just that, playing through Mike and Marc on offense and tightening the screws on defense.
Conley led all scorers with 30 points on 10 shots. Gasol put up 17-8-8, Vince Carter poured in four threes, and Brandan Wright had his best game as a Grizzly with 17 points off the bench in 20 minutes. Brook Lopez and Spencer Dinwiddie led the charge for the Nets with 17 apiece.
The Grizzlies finished the first and second quarters strong, on 10-0 and 6-0 runs, respectively, but Brooklyn dropped 30 in the third quarter to pull within seven. Another well-timed run by the Grizzlies with two minutes remaining made it a double digit game again, and Mike Conley hit a floater followed by a bulls-eye three to put the game on ice.
Marc “Magic Johnson” Gasol
Gasol is already warming up for the All-Star game:
Nbd, just Marc with a between the legs assist to VC. pic.twitter.com/jo7CwCNpiO— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 14, 2017
(I like this one in particular, because (a) Brandan Wright is already cutting to the basket when the pass comes to Gasol, and (b) Gasol is already looking for the cut before he even catches the ball.)
Memphis has one more game before they go into the All-Star break, at home Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.