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Heat scorch the Grizzlies 115-89


NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies played well in the first quarter last night, but finally succumbed to the Lebron James led Cleveland Cavaliers for their 8th straight loss.

They then flew immediately to Miami to take on the Miami Heat on Saturday night to try and get back on the winning side of things.

The first quarter started with a lot of young guys and JaMychal Green, with Marc Gasol sitting on the bench. Chandler Parsons also sat out of the game with an undisclosed illness. The Miami Heat started off the game strong jumping out to a early 6 point lead but the Grizzlies came storming back on a 7-0 run, led by JaMychal Green to take the lead back. The Grizzlies started the quarter shooting 8 of 12, a great start to the first quarter like they did the night before. The teams went back and forth for most of the first quarter, but the turnover bug caught up to the Grizzlies with just over 4 minutes to go, allowing the Heat to get out in transition and get easy buckets. After a late quarter three by Ben McLemore, the Miami Heat led 34-31.

The second quarter started with a huge lob to Deyonta Davis from Andrew Harrison to cut the lead to just one. They could not stop the Miami Heat driving the lane though - they were pushing the ball up the floor after every possession getting just about any look they wanted, going on a 8-0 run of their own. After a timeout, it did not get much better for the Grizzlies, a lot of missed shots, turnovers, and easy buckets for the Heat. JaMychal Green continued to do work for the Grizzlies by picking up 6 rebounds, including two offensive rebounds. The Grizzlies were able to pull within seven points with just under six minutes left to go in the first half. Tyler Johnson was hitting everything that he put up including a couple three pointers and the Grizzlies could not figure out a way to stop him. The Heat led the game at halftime 60-52.

The third quarter started better for the Grizzlies as they got some really good looks at the rim. There were not able to finish some of these but the offense and the defense both looked better to start the quarter. They were doing some things right, but also making mistakes with the amount of young guys that were on the floor all the time. The Grizzlies kept trying to go to the lob with Deyonta Davis, but the Heat caught on pretty quickly and took that out of play for Memphis.

The Grizzlies kept it close at times, just hanging around looking like they were poised to make a run late in the third quarter, but Miami would not stop. Justice Winslow and Tyler Johnson continued to give the Grizzlies problems, but Wayne Ellington hit 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and helped the Heat pull out to an 18 point lead with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. It did not get much better as the quarter came to an end as the Heat extended their lead to 24 points.

The fourth quarter completely came off the rails for the Grizzlies, there was no offense, there was no defense. There were only a few positive things that happened with the young guys that gave them some experience. This Grizzlies team needs experience and that is what these games will be about for the rest of the season. They dropped their ninth in a row losing to the Heat 115-89.