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Quick Recap: Memphis Grizzlies Begin West Coast Road Trip With Loss to the Utah Jazz

The Memphis Grizzlies begin their west coast road trip trying to end a losing streak. Could Memphis prevail in Utah against the Jazz?

Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies start their three-game west coast road trip in Utah against the Jazz. Both teams riding losing streaks, who would end their losing streak?

Memphis Grizzlies v Utah Jazz Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

The Memphis Grizzlies started the first quarter strong. Jaren Jackson Jr. started the Grizzlies off in the scoring the department. Jonas Valanciunas, Tyus Jones and Dillon Brooks all dipped in the scoring column as well as the Utah Jazz were forced to burn their first timeout three minutes into the first quarter. The Grizzlies led 8-5 at the 9:33 mark.

Seem as if Jackson Jr. wouldn’t shy away from a Defensive Player of the Year winner in Rudy Gobert. Jaren would rack up 10 first quarter points on Gobert in only eight minutes of first quarter action. The Grizzlies bench had been playing well leading up to Saturday night’s matchup with Utah, and that was the difference in the first quarter. The Grizzlies bench just out played the Jazz bench and led by as much as seven.

Memphis would close out the first quarter leading 36-32 and shooting 66 percent from the field (season high).

The Grizzlies opened up the second quarter with a heavy dose of reality. The Jazz opened up on a 11-2 run on Memphis. Memphis just couldn’t stop the bleeding that was a raining Jazz offense.

The Jazz outscored the Grizzlies 37-18 in the second quarter, and did so behind former Grizzly Jeff Green. Green gave a spark to a Utah bench unit that had been lifeless in the Jazz last three games. He would finish the half with 13 points. Memphis would head into half trailing Utah 69-54.

The Grizzlies trimmed a 15-point Jazz lead to as little as seven, but couldn’t get any closer in the third quarter. Memphis would end up winning the third quarter, but by only two points. The Grizzlies couldn’t get stops consistently in the third, and the Jazz would lead the Grizzlies 97-84 after 36 minutes.

The young Grizzlies fourth quarter just seemed like the wheels started coming off of the wagon. Memphis’ offense started to run dry, and the Jazz continued to play like a team that is way better than their record shows. Going up by as much as 23 on Memphis in the fourth quarter, the Jazz would took care of the Grizzlies in Utah, 126-112.

Jaren Jackson would lead the Grizzlies with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and two assists in 32 minutes.

The Memphis Grizzlies look to snap their three-game losing streak on Monday night in San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors.