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Quick Recap: Grizzlies chill the Heat


NBA: Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Miami Heat 118-111 at FedExForum.

Although both teams started the game by trading turnovers, the Grizzlies quickly found an electric offensive rhythm that carried throughout the first half. Jaren Jackson Jr. made 3 triples in the first quarter, but Jonas Valanciunas made the largest early impact, draining shots from all over the floor.

Although Miami’s Duncan Robinson made 3 threes of his own, it was the Grizzlies who ended the quarter up 36-32 and shooting 7 of 8 from behind the arc.

NBA: Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

A Valanciunas dunk early in the second-quarter punctuated his high-octane offensive presence. The Grizzlies were off the races, leading by 10 by around the 9-minute mark of the second quarter.

Huge threes by Solomon Hill and Jaren Jackson Jr. continued to propel the offense. Perhaps most notable was just how well the Grizzlies passed the ball to create shots for each other.

Even when the Derrick “Airplane Mode” Jones Jr. or Jimmy Butler attempted to make inroads, the Grizzlies always had a response. The Grizzlies ended the half leading 73-56, shooting 67.5% from the field and contributions coming from a majority of the roster.

NBA: Miami Heat at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat came into the second half with more energy, and the Grizzlies offense leveled off quickly. Herro and Nunn scored made big shots in the third quarter for Miami shrinking the Grizzlies’ lead to single digits for most of the third quarter.

A few late-quarter fouls by the Grizzlies allowed Miami to get to the line and chip away at the lead. Miami outscored the Grizzlies 28-22 in the third quarter but ultimately trailed by 9 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies attempted to regain their success from the three-point line but struggled to get traction. Jimmy Butler came alive to allow the Heat to take their first lead of the game, but the Grizzlies’ poise under Miami’s late-game pressure gave them the cushion they needed ultimately to secure the win.