The Memphis Grizzlies finally got a surprising win in Los Angeles against the Lakers to get back to 1-4 on the west coast road trip from last week. They came into tonights game at just one game above .500 and looking to get another win against the Cleveland Cavaliers who are just 8-26 on the season.
The Grizzlies started off right where they left off on Sunday, with Jaren Jackson Jr. scoring the first two points. After making the first two buckets of the game, the Grizzlies and Cavaliers then missed the next 8 shots combined for both teams, turning the ball over a lot as well with 5 turnovers between the two teams in the first five minutes of the game. The Grizzlies got back on track and jumped out to an early lead because did not score their first field goal until there was 4 minutes left in the first quarter. The Cavaliers continued to turn the ball over and ended up with 7 turnovers and only 9 points in the first quarter. After just one quarter of playing time, the Grizzlies led 21-9.
The Grizzlies started out the second quarter about as good as the Cavaliers in the first, giving up a quick 8-0 run to let them get right back into the game. They got back on track as Jaren Jackson Jr. got into the game with a few shots as well as Kyle Anderson playing great defense and scoring in transition. The Grizzlies were able to hold off the Cavaliers and lead the game at halftime 45-32.
They came out after halftime with the same energy they had in the first half which was almost zero. The Grizzlies had only one player scoring in double figure mid way through the third quarter which normally results in them losing but the Cavaliers are so bad, they were still able to maintain a lead. Grizzlies kept the lead over the Cavaliers heading into the fourth.
The Grizzlies were starting to stagger when they entered the fourth quarter, but some three pointers from Garrett Temple pushed the lead back in to double digits. Even though the Cavaliers were out rebounding them by a large margin, they were still never able to get over that hump and get back into the game. They were able to continue to score getting all their starters in double digits and push the lead to 14 in the late stages of the fourth quarter. Grizzlies were able to pull out the win over the Cavaliers 95-87 and push their win streak to two.
- The Cavaliers are really bad at basketball. They turned the ball over 17 times in the game against the Grizzlies leading to 24 points for the Grizzlies.
- Kyle Andersons’ slow fast breaks are beautiful to watch.
- Jaren Jackson Jr played three quarters without getting a foul called on him. He struggled with most of the game, but he was allowed to play through it, something that wouldn’t happened three weeks ago.
- Grizzlies got out rebounded on the offensive end 15-2.