Sometimes, you just need to see the ball go into the basket.
The Memphis Grizzlies turned in their best shooting performance of the season as they finally outshot their opponent and defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves at the FedexForum. They shot a season-high 57% from the field and 52% from three.
After being perhaps the NBA’s worst shooting team through their first six games, the lid finally came off the basket for the Grizzlies in the first half, highlighted by the fact that Jae Crowder, who came into the game shooting 28% from the field, converted two 4-point play opportunities (Mike Miller is the only other player in Grizzlies history to do so in a game).
The first quarter in particular was a clinic of Jenkins-approved ball movement and shooting, with the Grizzlies shooting 52% from the field and 62% from three while scoring off of 8 assists. Jae Crowder and Dillon Brooks each made two threes in the frame as the Grizzlies led 37-26.
Brooks continued to excel throughout the rest of the game, culminating in what was perhaps his best game as a Memphis Grizzly. He set the tone in the second quarter with 9 points as the Grizzlies would take a 72-64 halftime lead. He then took over the game in the fourth with 15 points as he showcased superb shot-creation. He finished with 31 points on 9-16 shooting along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
Although the Grizzlies would lose the third quarter, they mostly conquered their second-half demons as they never relinquished the lead in the 4th. Brooks and Morant, who only seems to prove every night that injury is the only obstacle that can keep him from winning Rookie of the Year, led the Grizzlies down the stretch. Morant, who came into the game top-ten in fourth quarter scoring, scored 14 points in the final frame. He finished with 26 points on 9-19 shooting along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Jaren Jackson Jr. continued to struggle mightily throughout the night. In a game the Grizzlies won by 16, he was a -22 in 15 minutes and did not score a single point.
Although Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins combined for 55 points, the Grizzlies defense held tough, holding the Wolves to 44% shooting and 35% shooting from deep.
The Memphis Grizzlies will travel next to play the Orlando Magic on Friday night.