The Memphis Grizzlies opened up rather slow in the first three minutes of the game. Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins decided to let his team play through a Warriors 6-0 run to start. The decision would pay off as Grizzlies guard Ja Morant would take initiative to get the Grizzlies offense started. Morant dropped five points and two assists to get Memphis back into the game.
Memphis would end up rallying to take lead over the Warriors at the six minute mark in the first quarter. Both Memphis and Golden State would struggle from the field in the first quarter.
The Grizzlies dug themselves out of an ugly first quarter to hold a 27-26 lead after one. The first quarter felt like a classic “in the mud” quarters, but the way these two teams play, that can all change at any moment.
The Memphis dig out of an ugly first quarter and lead Golden State 27-26.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) January 12, 2020
Memphis is shooting 34% from the field, and holding Golden State to 31% shooting.
Of course this game can go from “in the mud” to a marathon within a quarter or two. Both teams sleeping through 1.
Both Memphis and Golden State would get their field goal percentages up in the second quarter. It started with Jonas Valanciunas bodying Warriors big man Alen Smailagic several times leading to second chance points for the Grizzlies.
Memphis would go back-and-fourth with Golden State in the second quarter, as both teams still looked a step slow. The Grizzlies would take a 60-59 lead into halftime at FedExForum. Jonas Valanciunas led the Grizzlies with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr., would also tally 14 points in the first half as well.
The first half was interesting to say the least.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) January 13, 2020
Felt like both teams weren’t all there in the first half. Memphis heads into the half shooting 40% from the field, but 31% from three.
Jonas Valanciunas has 14 and 11 in the first half. pic.twitter.com/8El2TA7whi
Jonas Valanciunas picked up where he left off in the second half with a fast start in the third quarter. Valanciunas would tally 10 more points the first six minutes of the third quarter as Jonas was trying to wake up a quiet FedExForum crowd.
Valanciunas would end up dropping 15 points and six rebounds in the third quarter. Memphis would drop 35 points on the Warriors in the third quarter, and led by as much as 20 in the third quarter. Memphis would head to the 4th quarter with a 94-76 lead over Golden State.
Your 3rd quarter summary: pic.twitter.com/qr0cQ9nNWF— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) January 13, 2020
The Memphis Grizzlies continued to dominate the Warriors in the fourth quarter- as they should’ve. Memphis continued pushing the pace of play, which came from their great defensive play. The Grizzlies just dominated all aspects of the game in the second half, outscoring the Warriors by double digits in the third and maintained a double digit lead until the final buzzer.
Memphis moves to 18-22 on the season as they defeat the Golden State Warriors 122-102. The last time Memphis had a five game winning streak? October of 2018.
Valanciunas led the Grizzlies with 31 points, and 19 rebounds in 28 minutes. Jaren Jackson Jr., followed with 21 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
Memphis is back in action on Tuesday night as they look for their sixth straight win against the Houston Rockets at FedExForum in Memphis.