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Grizzlies fall to the Houston Rockets 131-115 in the Preseason Opener

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The Grizzlies started off the 2018 Preseason schedule with a loss in Birmingham

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The Grizzlies started off their 2018 Preseason schedule with a 131-115 defeat in Birmingham, Alabama, against the Houston Rockets as part of the Iron City Showdown.

If you watched this game, you’d think (for at least the first half) it was a playoff game. Hard fouls and technical fouls abound, the Rockets launching threes like there’s no tomorrow, and all the top players of each team getting lots of action.

Houston led at the half 64-59 behind 13 points from Eric Gordon and 12 from James Harden. The Rockets had 23 3-pt attempts in the first half alone, and every player that played for Houston except Gerald Green scored.

The Grizzlies did most of their damage in the first with 28 points in the paint to Houston’s 10. Mike Conley led the way with 12 first half points and Kyle Anderson chipped in with 10.

Both teams kept their starting rotations going into the second half with some playing late into the third quarter and early 4th where the Rockets extended their halftime lead to 16 to take a 100-84 advantage into the 4th quarter.

Both teams started slowly emptying their benches in the final frame, and the Rockets pulled away even further. The Rockets would eventually end the game leading by that same margin, 131-115. Conley led all Grizzlies players with 16 points, while Chandler Parsons and Kyle Anderson both had 12. Houston had six players in double figures with Chris Paul leading all scorers with 22 points and 9 assists.

Some other takeaways from the evening:

  • Jaren Jackson, Jr. in his first NBA preseason game, came off the bench and went 6-for-6 from the floor for 15 points.
  • Chandler Parsons was part of the 2nd unit for the Grizzlies and finished the game with 12 points on 3 of 4 shooting including 2 of 3 from behind-the-arc.
  • The Grizzlies shot 47.1% from the floor in the loss, including 37.5% from three. Mike Conley was only 1-of-6 from behind-the-arc while the rest of the team was 8-of-18 from long-range.

The Grizzlies will be back in preseason action this Friday, October 5th, when Tre Young and the Atlanta Hawks drop by FedExForum as part of a back-to-back for the Grizzlies.

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