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Report Card: Memphis vs Milwaukee

The Grizzlies snapped a five-game losing streak behind Carter's 24 points.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies had a convincing win over the Bucks after losing five in a row. The defense clicked all night long and the perimeter shots were falling. Memphis is a really tough team to beat when those two things work out.

Vince Carter led the way for Memphis with 24 points. The veteran stepped into the starting lineup for Chandler Parsons, who will likely be out for the rest of the season with a tear of the meniscus in his left knee.

Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter when the core four and Carter were on the floor.

Grades

Vince Carter: A+

24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals in 30 minutes (+9)

Carter put on an incredible display last night, with the Grizzlies badly in need of a win. He was perfect from the floor (8 for 8) including 6 triples. He also defended Middleton well at times, who only scored 11 points.

Mike Conley: A

20 points, 10 assists, 3 steals in 36 minutes (+14)

Conley was a true leader against the Bucks. After two mediocre games, he bounced back and had three triples, distributed the ball well, and played good defense. The Conductor posted his sixth double-double of the season.

Marc Gasol: B+

13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals (+13)

Gasol was engaged last night. He didn’t do it by scoring a lot, but he was active in many other areas. The Spaniard was the anchor of a defense that performed at its finest.

Zach Randolph: B+

14 points, 7 rebounds in 21 minutes (+10)

Z-Bo was the go-to player down the stretch. He had two back-to-back buckets over Teletovic that built a sufficient lead for the Grizzlies to get away with the win eventually.

Tony Allen: B+

15 points, 4 rebounds in 29 minutes (+8)

Allen was back in the starting lineup and played his best game since the All-Star break. He was successful in his drives to the basket and went 2 for 2 from the three point line.

JaMychal Green: B

2 points, 6 rebounds in 23 minutes (+6)

Green didn’t have a flashy stat line but he defended Giannis Antetokoumpo extremely well. The Greek was limited to 18 points. Green has had two consecutive good defensive performances against All-Star players in Paul Millsap and Antetokoumpo.

Andrew Harrison: B-

9 points, 5 assists in 20 minutes (+12)

His game still raises a number of questions but Harrison played decently against the Bucks. He found the open men and also made his only triple try.

Troy Daniels: C+

Daniels started the game well but went ice cold in the second half. He scored two triples out of six tries.

Brandan Wright: C

Wright did not intervene much but was 2 for 2 from the floor. He’s proving to be a solid backup center every night.

James Ennis: C-

Ennis is not having the same impact now compared to his play in the beginning of the season.


David Fizdale: B+

His game plan worked perfectly well against the Bucks. He limited Antetokoumpo's drives to the basket and the team finally put forth a good defensive performance. Memphis also moved the ball well and shot over 50 percent from the floor. This was a much needed win for the coach and the Grizzlies overall after five straight losses.

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