Well, tonight started off with a bang, but not in a positive way. It was announced that Chandler Parsons would sit out tonight’s match with “left knee soreness.” Then, a medical statement was released by the Grizzlies saying Parsons is dealing with a partially torn meniscus. So now Parsons might be out the rest of the season, but for now he’s out indefinitely.
Regardless, the Memphis Grizzlies were staring a 5-game losing streak right in the face, and it wasn’t going to go away on its own. Memphis had to pick themselves up and decide if they were going to roll over or fight back.
Mike Conley and Vince Carter (who started in place of Parsons) started off the first quarter with two threes, helping Memphis jump out to a 8-0 lead. The Grizzlies came out aggressive on both ends of the floor, basically the opposite of how they looked the last handful of games. However, the Bucks came roaring back and tied the game up at 15 midway through the first after Memphis had had such a hot start.
After the Bucks fought back though, Memphis regained its footing and went on a run of their own to close out the quarter, thanks in part to Vince Carter who racked up 8 points in the quarter and was 3-3 from the field. At the end of the first, Memphis led the Bucks 30-24. Finally, Memphis had come out the gate ready to play from tip-off.
In the second, the Grizzlies didn’t let up and jumped out to a 40-30 lead early on. However, the Bucks kept things within reach going into halftime, despite Memphis going 8-14 from three in the first two quarters.
Vince Carter closed out the second quarter with a three pointer with .2 seconds left, on his way to 24 points on the night. At the half, Mike Conley had 8 points for Memphis, and for Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 13 points. The Grizzlies led the Bucks by 10 at halftime, 61-51, and were looking the best they had in a while.
In the third quarter, the Grizzlies expanded on their ten point lead and maintained it throughout most of the quarter. Despite the Bucks cutting down the deficit a couple times to single digits, Memphis led 85-74 going into the fourth.
During the final period, the Grizzlies continued to roll. Despite mini runs by the Bucks, Memphis stood their ground, kept a firm lead in the fourth, and never let their lead get in jeopardy. The Grizzlies finally broke their losing streak and grabbed the victory at home, 113-93. On the night, Memphis had 14 threes and shot 52% from the field.
For Memphis, Zach Randolph got going in the second half and had 14 points, while Mike Conley ended up with 20. Tony Allen performed nicely in his return to a starting role with 15 points. For Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo had 18 points in the game, and Matthew Dellavedova had 13. The MVP of the night was definitely Vince Carter, who was 8-8 from the field and performed fantastically with the starting unit.
Now that Memphis has broken their losing streak, they’ll look to grab two wins on the road starting with a match against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.