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Grizzlies lose an important one to the Mavs, 129-127

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies came into the game tonight in the 9th spot from the bottom in the NBA standings, just in the right spot to be able to convey the draft pick to Boston this offseason, which has been the goal all season long. With multiple teams losing over the last few days, the Grizzlies and the Mavericks are separated in the lottery standings by just one win which could be a huge difference in the race to convey the draft pick.

The Grizzlies did not start the game out well allowing the Mavericks to get into the paint easily and Dwight Powell score 7 early points. They were able to fight back through the solid play of Delon Wright and the shooting of Tyler Dorsey and Chandler Parsons to tie the game mid way through the first quarter. The Grizzlies were able to take a two point lead at the end of the first quarter, after Jevon Carter was able to get on the board with a three pointer followed by a nifty drive to the basket. Carter has played well against the Mavericks over the last few days.

The second quarter started with a wide open Tyler Dorsey three pointer, making that 9 points on all three pointers for him in the game. Justin Holiday had a huge dunk mid way through he second quarter to put the Grizzlies up 5 points. Holiday was the most consistent player in this game for them on defense and being aggressive looking for his shot on offense. The Grizzlies struggled to contain Dwight Powell on lobs and runs to the basket, letting him score 13 points halfway through the second quarter. The Grizzlies were able to hold off a late run by the Mavericks and take a four point lead into halftime.

Bruno Caboclo started off the third quarter the same way he started off the game, hitting a three pointer to put the Grizzlies up 7 points. Justin Holiday got back in on the action with another three stretching the lead to double digits for the first time this game. The Grizzlies controlled the third quarter for the most part getting the lead to 14 points but let a run by the Mavericks at the end of the third to cut the lead down to just 5 points.

The Grizzlies continued to let the Mavericks get back into the game at the start of the fourth quarter. The Mavericks were able to get over the hump and take a one point lead mid way through the fourth quarter on a three pointer by Salah Mejri, just his tenth three pointer of the year. After a Bruno Caboclo three pointer that the Grizzlies desperately needed, the got another defensive sequence with a fast break basket to get the lead back. Delon Wright and Justin Holiday added three pointers to stretch the lead to four points with just under two minutes to go. Delon Wright also had another triple double, the second game in a row for the young guard. After one of the strangest sequences in basketball, the Mavs had about 7 chances to score and tie the game and they finally did just that. The Grizzlies had one more chance to win the game but Justin Holiday could not get a shot off before the shot clock expired.

In overtime, the Mavericks scored three straight times to take an early 6 point lead over the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies came right back with a run of their with points from Justin Holiday, Tyler Zeller and a huge three by Tyler Dorsey. The Grizzlies couldn’t hang on in the last minute of the game giving up easy buckets, losing to to the Mavericks 129-127.

Quick Notes

  • Jevon Carter hit 3 threes last game against the Mavericks just a few days ago and followed it up by another good game against them tonight.
  • Delon Wright is very good at getting to the basket and penetrating the offense, while also have the vision and passing skills to find open players on the perimeter.
  • Delon Wright had another triple double tonight.