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The Memphis Grizzlies drop their second straight game

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies sitting at (1-3) following a tough loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night are looking to bounce back against the Phoenix Suns (3-2) Friday night in Memphis.

The Grizzlies started the first quarter similar to a team that hadn’t played in three days, and Phoenix looked like a team that had been hot. The Suns just seemed to be two steps faster on both ends of the floor.

Memphis trailed Phoenix 31-24 following another tough defensive quarter for the Grizzlies. Four Grizzlies shared the leading scorer role at four apiece and 45 percent from the field. Outside of defensive issues, the Grizzlies continued struggling on the offensive end by turning over the ball six times in the first.

The second quarter didn’t start too well for the Grizzlies. Trailing by as much as 10, the Grizzlies turned to their young cats to bring the team back. Production Tyus Jones, Brandon Clarke, and Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis outscored Phoenix 23-14 in that second quarter. Also of note that Memphis only turned the ball over two times in the second quarter to the Suns six turnovers.

Memphis headed to the locker room at halftime with a 47-45 lead over the Suns. It was an overall team effort to get back into the game after a rough first quarter. Clarke led Memphis in scoring eight points. Clarke also led the Grizzlies in the rebound stat as well with six.

Memphis started the third quarter similar to how they started the ball game. Phoenix came out of the half and dropped 37 points on the Grizzlies head in the third quarter. Memphis lost guard Greyson Allen with a left ankle injury, and Jaren Jackson with a left leg injury.

Memphis would finish the third quarter trailing the Suns 82-69. A combination of 11 turnovers, mediocre defensive effert, and lack of offense killed Memphis in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter seemed to be the Grizzlies trying to dig themselves out of that slow third quarter for Memphis. They couldn’t get defensive stops down the stretch, and couldn’t stop Devin Booker and Aaron Baynes, who led the Suns in scoring with a combined 41 points.

Memphis finished the game shooting 48 percent from the floor but Phoenix shot 50 percent and capitalized on 20 Memphis turnovers with 24 points. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 24 points and 7 assists.

The Grizzlies would end up falling to the Suns 114-105 at FedEx Forum on Friday night. The Grizzlies welcome the Houston Rockets to town on Monday night at 7:00 P.M.