The Memphis Grizzlies fought hard on Saturday night in a fight that on paper Memphis seemed to have no shot. The Grizzlies competed well in a lot of ways, but the Los Angeles Lakers just made one or two more plays to decide the game.
The Memphis Grizzlies started off the game shooting all over the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite having five turnovers, the Grizzlies also forced the Lakers to commit five turnovers in the first 3:10 minutes of the first quarter. The Grizzlies led the Lakers 14-4 with 7:50 left in the first quarter.
Having the greatest player in the NBA on your side in LeBron James would help the Lakers bounce back from a sluggish start. Los Angeles would cut the Grizzlies lead to within four in six minutes. However, the young Grizzlies had other plans when the Lakers cut that lead.
The Memphis Grizzlies bench would end up outscoring the Lakers bench 12-3 at the end of the first quarter, and shooting 7/7 from three point range. Despite a Kyle Kuzma buzzer-beater, the Grizzlies led the Lakers 35-25 after one quarter.
The Grizzlies opened up the second quarter similar to their start to the game. Memphis continued pushing pace, and part of that was due to Memphis play makers Ja Morant and Kyle Anderson. Every time the Lakers would miss a basket, the ball was off and running for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies would get their lead up to as much as 14, but the Lakers would answer Memphis hot start with a 7-0 run of their own midway through the second quarter. That run would cut the Grizzlies lead to seven, but the Grizzlies continued to maintain their pace.
Memphis would head to the locker rooms at halftime leading Los Angeles 63-55 after a very exciting first half of basketball. Grizzlies guard Jae Crowder would lead the Grizzlies in scoring with 14 points. Morant ended his stellar first half of basketball with 13 points and six assists in 14 minutes of play. Morant’s wing man Jaren Jackson Jr. would end the half with 11 points, two rebounds, and one steal. Both young Grizzlies giving fans a glimpse of the future in the 901 while remembering the past at FedExForum.
END OF 1ST HALF:— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) November 24, 2019
Jae - 14 points
Ja - 13 points, 6 assists
Jaren - 11 points
Kyle - 8 points
The Grizzlies have had a trend of opening up the second half sluggish, and that is understandable given their age and the time these guys have been together. It happened again for the Grizzlies to start the second half. Memphis gave up a 15-2 run to the Lakers to open the third quarter, which gave Los Angeles a third quarter lead after trailing for more than 24 minutes.
The Grizzlies weathered the storm, that became a back-and-forth affair. The Lakers buried seven three pointers, and maintained a one point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Memphis was outscored in that third quarter by Los Angeles 30-21, and trailed 85-84 heading to the fourth quarter in Memphis.
The Lakers opened up the fourth quarter on a roll and pushed their lead to as much as seven points on the young Grizzlies. Memphis then hit a 7-0 run around the 7:30 mark of the fourth quarter to take the lead over the Lakers. Oh, and Ja Morant did a thing..
The Showtime Grizzlies continued to show their young grit against the seasoned Lakers. One team looking in shock, and another ready to capture the moment. With Memphis looking to seize their opportunity to upset the mighty Lakers, the Grizzlies two young stars shining bright but the Grizzlies would come up a possession short.
The Grizzlies would fall in a nail biter at FedExForum on Saturday night to the Lakers 109-108. The Grizzlies drop their third straight game, and the Lakers pick up their eighth straight win.
Despite the loss the two young Grizzlies cornerstones were tremendous. Morant and Jackson combined for their first 20 point game of the season together. Positive notes like that keep things in perspective in a tough loss like this. Morant alone had 26 points, 6 assists, and three rebounds in 32 minutes.
Memphis will look to snap their three game losing streak on Monday night in Indianapolis against the Pacers.