Much like the game Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, the second quarter was a struggle for the young Grizzlies. Overall, Ja Morant was mostly a non-factor, and Jaren Jackson Jr. was again in foul trouble as the Grizzlies lost their second-straight game 114-95 at FedExForum.
Dillon Brooks got things rolling for the Grizzlies, netting 8 of the team’s first 13 points. However, Golden State shot the ball extremely well early in the first, before eventually cooling down to just 47.8% from the floor. Memphis trailed most of the quarter before taking a brief lead with 1:33 to go in the first quarter. A Brandon Clarke put-back with 8.4 seconds to go gave the Grizz a 30-28 lead after one quarter of action.
Memphis had trouble holding onto the ball to start the second, with three turnovers in the first 3:32 of the quarter, and Golden State jumped out to a quick 38-32 lead. The Warriors in total would go on a 23-2 run before a Jae Crowder three stopped the bleeding momentarily with a few minutes left in the half. Memphis would get outscored 33-16 in the quarter to take a 61-46 deficit into the half.
Crowder led the Grizzlies with 12 points, while Brooks would be held scoreless after the first few minutes of the game leaving him with 8. Alec Burks led all scorers with 17 for Golden State while Glenn Robinson III would drop in 14.
While Golden State didn’t pull away in the third, Memphis didn’t really do much to close the gap early on. The Grizzlies started a run midway through the quarter, closing the Warriors lead down to 11 with 4:24 left and again with 2:09 left in the quarter. Crowder, Clarke, and Kyle Anderson picked up the slack for the Grizzlies, with a bucket by Anderson bringing the deficit to just 9 points with 1:38 to go. The Grizzlies, in the end, won their second third quarter of the season, outscoring the Warriors 26-22.
Golden State would take an 11-point lead into the final frame, and quickly be back up 16 following an Omari Spellman three with just under 11 minutes to go. Another 20 point lead would be right around the corner for the Warriors after a couple baskets from Eric Paschall with about 8:30 to go. Ja Morant would add in a few buckets in garbage time but the outcome was already decided much earlier in the night.
Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled out for the third time this season, scoring just 8 points and zero rebounds. Ja Morant ended up leading the Grizz with 20 points and 6 assists, most of which came late in the game. Dillon Brooks finished with 18 points, while Brandon Clarke had 16 points off the bench. Alec Burks led all scorers with 29 points and Draymond Green missed out on a triple double by just 2 points while gathering 11 boards and 10 assists. Eric Paschall had 17 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Memphis moves on to their second matchup with Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday for the debut of their throwback Vancouver jerseys and court in honor of the 25th anniversary of the franchise.