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 Memphis Grizzlies close out the first quarter leading the Utah Jazz 36-32!— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) December 8, 2019
Jaren Jackson Jr. leads Memphis with 10 points followed by Jae Crowder with 9! Memphis shot 50% from deep and shot 66% from the field!
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 Memphis Grizzlies get outscored 37-18 in the second quarter and trail the Jazz by 15 (69-54).— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) December 8, 2019
Jaren Jackson Jr. leads all scorers with 17 points. pic.twitter.com/MgEbctnhaa
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 Memphis Grizzlies win the 3rd quarter 30-28, but trail the Jazz still 97-84. Jackson Jr. still leads all scorers with 22 points. Headed to the 4th quarter in Memphis. pic.twitter.com/blTWEPpSay— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) December 8, 2019
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 fall 126-112 to the Utah Jazz to open their three game west coast road trip.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) December 8, 2019
Jaren Jackson Jr: 26 pts, 4 rebounds, 2 assists in 32 minutes
The Grizzlies will take on the Golden State Warriors Monday night in San Francisco at 10:30 C.T.
The Memphis Grizzlies look to snap their three-game losing streak on Monday night in San Francisco against the Golden State Warriors.