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Grizzlies snap losing streak in Detroit 125-112

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Young core the difference down the stretch

Memphis Grizzlies v Detroit Pistons Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

After winning seven straight games, Memphis found themselves losers of two straight heading into Detroit. The Pistons, meanwhile, had won three of their last four games but were missing Andre Drummond for a 2nd straight game due to a lip laceration suffered Monday against Washington.

Jaren Jackson Jr. was the spark early, scoring seven of the Grizzlies first 12 (and 13 total in the 1st) to give Memphis a 12-6 lead. Detroit trimmed the Grizzly lead to 21-20 before Memphis closed the quarter on a 14-3 run to take a 35-23 lead into the 2nd. The team’s high assist numbers looked to be back as well, with 10 assists on 13 made baskets in the opening quarter.

Just as quickly as the Pistons fell behind, they came storming back to start the 2nd. Over the first two minutes, Detroit unleashed a 10-2 run to close the lead to 37-33 and force a Memphis timeout. Detroit would eventually tie the game at 43 with about 7:30 left in the half. The Grizzlies were eventually able to put some stops together and go on a 16-4 run to end the half and lead 66-61.

Jaren added 11 more points in the 2nd to total 24 first half points to lead all scorers, while Brandon Clarke dropped in 11 off the bench. Even with the struggles from the floor in the 2nd quarter, Memphis still finished the half with 16 assists on 23 made shots. Langston Galloway and Christian Wood were the only Pistons in double figure with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Both teams started the 3rd slowly only scoring six points combined over the first 3:00 of the quarter but then “exploded” for seven points in the next 1:15 with Memphis leading 72-68. The Grizzlies would go back up 10 points before a mid-quarter 7-0 run closed it back to an 82-79 Grizzly lead. A Solomon Hill three would stretch it back to six before Ja Morant made it seven on a driving layup two possessions later. Following some late fouls, including a Kyle Anderson technical foul, Detroit kept the Memphis lead to only seven heading into the 4th.Morant

Derrick Rose got to 20 points early in the 4th, to make it 11 straight games with over 20. A three from Galloway would square it up at 101 with seven minutes to go in the game. Reggie Jackson took the lead back for Detroit at 104-103 on a deep three as Memphis struggled with both Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. on the bench. Morant came back in at the 5:19 mark and scored four of the Grizzlies next six points to force a Detroit timeout with Memphis up 109-105. Aside from two free throws from Brandon Clarke and a Dillon Brooks three, Jaren and Ja were the catalyst over the final few minutes ultimately leading the Grizzlies to victory.

Memphis ended the game with a 22-8 run. Ja Morant had a double-double with 16 points and 12 assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. led all scorers with 29 points while Dillon Brooks dropped in 27. Brandon Clarke led the Memphis bench with 15 points in 25 minutes of play. Derrick Rose led Detroit with 22 points while Christian Wood had 20 off the bench.

Memphis heads back home for a matinee matchup this Sunday against the Phoenix Suns. Game time at FedExForum is set for 5pm central.