Early first quarter, Nets Center DeAndre Jordan wasn’t interested in guarding Memphis’ big man Jonas Valanciunas at the three point line, and he took advantage of that coverage and knocked down back-to-back three pointers. Valanciunas finished the first half with 11 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. dropped 10 points in his eight minutes of first quarter action. Unfortunately for Jaren, the Grizzlies offense some how went away from him in that second quarter.
A combination of Grizzlies defense, and the Nets wing shooters missing open shots led to the Grizzlies starting that second quarter strong — as they started on a 16-1 run and leading by as many as 13. However, the Nets seem to wake up.
Nets guard Kyrie Irving dropped 14 points in eight minutes in the first quarter, and had 16 points for the first half. It seemed Irving turned into the facilitator in the second quarter with four assists, and five rebounds.
Guys like Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie carried Brooklyn’s offense in the second quarter, and bringing the Nets back from that Grizzlies 16-1 run. Though the Nets went on a run themselves, the Grizzlies still held the lead at 59-57 at the half.
Troublesome start for the young Grizzlies as Jaren Jackson earned his fourth personal foul at the 8:40 mark in the third quarter and was forced to sit. For the Nets, Irving went back to playing aggressive just like his 14 point first quarter, Irving had a 10 point third quarter.
After leading by two at the half, the Grizzlies let their defense go in the third quarter. Brooklyn outscored the Grizzlies 40-33 in the third quarter, and trailed the Nets 97-92.
The fourth quarter the Grizzlies started to wake up more on both sides of the ball. Reason?
Ja Morant started taking control of the Grizzlies offense.
Morant followed a tough layup at the rim to bring Memphis within two with a solid size up three pointer. Memphis led the Nets 106-105.
The Grizzlies and Nets went back and forth down the stretch of the fourth quarter. For Memphis a good portion of the fourth quarter without Jaren Jackson Jr. due to foul trouble.
Morant tied the game late for the young Grizzlies, and even sent it to overtime with a huge block on Kyrie Irving. Morant finished regulation 28 points, seven assists, and four rebounds.
JA MORANT WITH THE BLOCK ON KYRIE— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) October 28, 2019
HE CAN PLAY DEFENSE TOO
As the Grizzlies went to overtime, Memphis continued to ride the wave of Morant, and Solomon Hill? Yes, in his first action this season, Hill scored 13 points and providing smart plays on both ends of the ball throughout the entire game.
With 1:25 remaining, the Nets and Grizzlies were deadlocked at 128 a piece Jae Crowder knocked down a huge corner three to put the Grizzlies up by three. The Nets followed with two crucial possessions to put the Nets up one with 27.9 remaining in overtime.
With 7.4 on the clock, Ja Morant brings the ball down, and sets up Jae Crowder up for the game winning three point shot. Memphis beats the Nets in overtime 134-133!
Memphis wins their first game of the regular season, and will travel to Los Angeles on Tuesday to take on the Los Angeles Lakers.