The Memphis Grizzlies hosted the Utah Jazz on Friday night, looking to win the season series. The Jazz come to Memphis holding onto the sixth spot in the Western Conference while the Grizzlies are competing to convey their draft pick. Memphis started Mike Conley, Justin Holiday, Avery Bradley, Jonas Valanciunas, Joakim Noah. Utah started Joe Ingles, Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and Royce O’Neale.
The Jazz reverted to the three point line for much of the first half; their first 11 shots came from the 3-point line. Memphis used good ball movement and solid team contribution to grow the lead in the first quarter. After the first media timeout at the 6:26 mark, Memphis led 13-10. Gobert got going mid-1st quarter, taking over down low. Memphis kept the Jazz in the game with six opening quarter turnovers. While the game was close throughout the quarter, eight Grizzly players contributed in the scoring column to give Memphis the edge at the end of the 1st. Chandler Parsons would bank a deep three to close the quarter, Memphis led 29-23.
To open the second quarter, Ivan Rabb worked the offensive glass to grab two opening quarter rebounds. The Memphis lead would grow off the momentum and energy brought by the bench, starting with Rabb, cueing a Jazz timeout with 9:07 left in the half. Memphis led 35-26. Justin Holiday picked up his third foul with 8:06 left in the quarter, he would only log seven first half minutes.
Ivan Rabb continued to cook, tallying 13 first quarter points leading all scorers. He used all facets of the game, throwing down two dunks and hitting a jumper. At the mid-quarter media timeout, Memphis led 44-39. Following the media timeout, Donovan Mitchell picked up two quick offensive fouls, grabbing his third foul of the half. Utah would end the half 11-27 from the three point line, shooting 42% with Mitchell leading the way at 11 points. Jonas Valanciunas tipped in a missed Delon Wright layup to end the half, building the Grizzly lead to 60-53.
Grizzlies came out firing on all cylinders to start the fourth quarter. The lead ballooned to as much as 15 points through the third quarter. The Utah Jazz continued to shoot threes, hitting a respectable 38% from deep for the game. The threes kept them around in the third, putting together a short 11-3 run with three minutes left in the quarter. Grizzlies would never lose the lead, Utah coming as close as four points. Valanciunas picked up his third and fourth fouls in the third quarter, sitting out extended minutes until the late minutes of the fourth quarter. Mike Conley scored 10 points in the third, keeping the lead for Memphis, ending the quarter up 84-79.
More of Mike Conley would show up in a big way in the fourth quarter. Utah set a season high in three point attempts, finishing the game 18-48, but didn’t prove to be enough to overcome the Grizzlies. Conley went on a tear to end the fourth, having his own 6-0 run and building the lead to 12 points. Valanciunas also had his own 8-0 run in the midst of the fourth; Utah didn’t have answers for the pick-n-rolls of Memphis. JV would tally a season high 27 points, and Conley finished with a team high 28 with 11 assists. Donovan Mitchell piled on a quiet 38 points, taking over for the Jazz in the fourth, but didn’t have much help. The fourth quarter was never in question, with the Grizzlies taking the game on a convincing 114-104 win.