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Recap: Raptors Crush the Grizzlies, 101-86

After two close road losses, the Grizzlies looked to grab their first road win of this trip against the Toronto Raptors.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Toronto Raptors Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

After two close losses versus the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers, the Grizzlies were hungry for an afternoon road win against the Toronto Raptors. But unfortunately for Memphis, the Raptors are the best home team in the whole NBA.

To start off the game, the Grizzlies ripped off 5 straight and took an early lead in the first quarter. However, the Raptors clawed back as both teams grappled to control the pace of the match. The Raptors are the tenth fastest-paced team in the league, while the Grizzlies are dead last.

While earlier on in the quarter the Grizzlies did a great job not allowing Toronto to rip off on the fast break, as the quarter progressed the Raptors began to have their way.

For Memphis out the gate, Marc Gasol came to play. He was aggressive on both ends of the floor. Memphis was able to maintain a slim lead at the end of the quarter until Demar DeRozan sunk a jumper as the buzzer sounded, so the Raptors led 25-24.

Going into the second, the Raptors had a 10-0 scoring run to ramp up their lead to 9 while the Grizz lagged behind on both ends.

Midway through the second period, the Grizzlies had already racked up 8 turnovers, which was allowing the Raptors to control the pace and speed the game up to their advantage. Because of this, the Grizzlies were getting destroyed in the paint in the first half. The Raptors led in that category 36-20 at the break.

Down the stretch in the first half, the Raptors extended to their largest lead of the game so far, and the Grizzlies found themselves in a 17 point hole with less than 4 minutes left in the period. At the half, Toronto led 56-44. Marc Gasol had 13 points for Memphis.

Memphis Grizzlies v Toronto Raptors Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

In the third quarter, the Raptors maintained a solid lead. The Grizzlies kept things competitive, though, ocutting the deficit to single digits several times and even cut it to six early on. Midway through the third, Memphis trailed the Raptors only 66-62.

Grizzlies tied it up with less than 3 minutes left at 72, and they trailed 76-74 entering the final period. After being down by as much as 17, the Grizz put up a 30 point third quarter.

However, to kick off the final period, the Raptors extended their lead yet again, and the Grizzlies struggled with fouls early on. With 7:44 left in the game, the Raptors were already in the bonus, and Toronto led by 10. Turnovers continued to plague the Grizzlies, as they had 19 of them as a team in the game.

The Raptors continued to do the little things to find success, while the Grizzlies kept making costly mistakes. With less than 4 minutes left, Memphis trailed by 11. In the end, Memphis’ efforts again weren’t enough to grab a victory. The Raptors grabbed another win on the home court, while the Grizzlies lost their third one in a row on the road, 101-86.

It was Dillon Brooks’ homecoming, and the rookie had a solid showing with 12 points, including 2-5 from beyond the arc. Marc Gasol ended up with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks.

For the Toronto Raptors, DeMar DeRozan led the team with 13 points. The Raptors had 6 players in double figures, including Jonas Valanciunas, who had 12 points and 9 rebounds.

Now, Memphis moves to Atlanta Tuesday night to search for success on the road.