Memphis traveled to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers, a team in a severe rebuild with a new coach (sounds familiar?) Memphis started Ja Morant, Jonas Valanciunas, Jaren Jackson Jr., Dillon Brooks, and Jae Crowder. Cleveland started Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, Tristan Thompson, Collin Sexton, and Darius Garland. The Grizzlies sprinted out of the gate, taking an early lead that they would keep for most of the first quarter. The Cavs went on a 10-0 run in the middle of the quarter to even up the score, but Solomon Hill would hit a jumper to end the first quarter, giving the Grizzlies a 27-25 lead after one quarter.
The Cavaliers would come out hot in the second quarter with Jordan Clarkson took over off the bench. He hit a four-point play to grab a Cleveland lead, 34-33 with 9:05 left in the half. Memphis played sloppy basketball the whole quarter, taking ill-advised shots and never found a rhythm. Clarkson would end the half with 20 points off the bench, 15 in 2nd quarter alone. Memphis would trail Cleveland 55-51 at half.
The Grizzlies would go back-n-forth with the Cavs throughout the 3rd quarter, ending the quarter with a short scoring run to take a lead into the 4th. Three-point shooting kept the Grizz in the game, and JJJ had a strong quarter on both ends. Memphis would end the quarter on a 11-3 run taking an 87-81 lead to the final quarter.
The Grizz would build a 12-point lead by the 10:09 mark in the 4th quarter. That lead would slowly diminish through the quarter with Jordan Clarkson continuing to torch the Memphis defense. John Henson would also take over defensively, finishing the game with seven blocks and a few deflections. The Grizzlies stopped scoring while the Cavs continued to push the ball, ultimately leading to another blown double-digit lead. Cavs would win 114-107. JJJ led Memphis with 24 points and 3 rebounds. Jordan Clarkson led the Cavs with 33 points and 6 rebounds.