The Memphis Grizzlies entered Saturday night’s matchup against the Washington Wizards looking to get one back after falling to the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night in a great effort. Wizards riding a three game losing streak, and Memphis losing their last seven home games - which streak would be snapped?
The Memphis Grizzlies would start the game off rather sluggish. The Washington Wizards would open up the first three minutes of the first quarter on a 10-4 run forcing a Taylor Jenkins timeout to get is team calmed down.
Following that timeout the Grizzlies looked like a completely different team. A more engaged Grizzlies unit rolled onto the floor to compete with the Wizards. Answering Washington’s hot start to the quarter, the Grizzlies responded with a run of their own to get back into the ball game within minutes.
You could tell that scoring wouldn’t be anything to worry about with these two teams going head-to-head. The Grizzlies would take a 27-25 lead forcing a Wizards timeout with 2:59 remaining in the first quarter.
The Grizzlies would end up leading the Wizards at the end of the first quarter 35-30 after a solid first quarter performance. Brandon Clarke led the Grizzlies with nine points in five minutes.
END OF 1st— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) December 15, 2019
Clarke - 9 points
JJJ - 8 points, 3 rebounds
Brooks - 6 points
Melton - 3 assists
The Grizzlies opened up the second quarter trying to solve the puzzle that was a Wizards 2-3 zone. Memphis struggled the first few minutes, but answered the Wizards run to open the second quarter with a 15-2 run. Memphis led Washington 50-42 with 6:33 remaining in the second quarter.
The Grizzlies would take advantage of their hot hands, and that hot hand being Brandon Clarke who would go on to tie his career high with 19 points at the half. Oh, and Clarke had a big time dunk on Ian Mahinmi.
The Memphis Grizzlies would hold the fourth best offense in the NBA (in scoring) to 24 points in the second quarter, and would outscore the Wizards 34-24 to take a 69-54 at the half.
The third quarter seemed to be a track meet between Memphis and Washington. Washington, who is one of the top teams in the NBA in pace headed into tonight, but Memphis isn’t in the top five in terms of pace, but sure wouldn’t turn down a race.
The Grizzlies would outscore the Wizards 35-30 in the third quarter making it the sixth straight third quarter they’ve outscored their opponent. Memphis would head into the final frame in Memphis with a 104-84 lead over Washington.
Last night Jaren Jackson Jr had a huge third quarter, but tonight it was all about Solomon Hill in that third quarter. Hill went 4/4 from deep and scored 12 points all in a total of 11 minutes of game action.
Outside of former Tennessee Volunteer Admiral Schofield finding another reason for Memphis to dislike him even more with what should’ve been a flagrant foul on Ja Morant, the Grizzlies maintained a positive performance.
Well if Memphis fans didn't need another reason to hate Admiral Schofield ... he nearly clotheslined Morant out of the air. Probably gonna be a flagrant 1 foul— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) December 15, 2019
Memphis would keep the Wizards at arms distance that was a 20 point lead throughout majority of the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies would snap a seven game losing streak at home with a victory against the Wizards by a score of 128-11 in Memphis at FedEx Forum.
Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 27 points on 10/17 shooting in 26 minutes. Brandon Clarke added a career high 25 points on 11/14 shooting, and four rebounds in 24 minutes.
Next, the Grizzlies will see the Miami Heat on Monday night at FedExForum with a 7:00 tip!