The Memphis Grizzlies kicked off the post-Iguodala era with a meeting against the Philadelphia 76ers. Unfortunately, the deadline acquisitions — Justise Winslow, Gorgui Dieng, and Jordan Bell — were unavailable for tonight’s game.
Meanwhile, the Sixers were coming off a frustrating loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, and with a four-game losing streak.
Well, let’s say the Sixers played with an edge here.
No one in the first half — or this game, for that matter — really dominated for the Grizzlies. Tyus Jones and Kyle Anderson were only ones with more than one field goal in the first half. For Philadelphia, Furkan Korkmaz and Ben Simmons combined for 36 points.
Then the floodgates opened.
As Joel Embiid left the game with neck stiffness, the floor really opened up, and Philadelphia straight bullied this young Grizzlies team.
Ben Simmons looked like Magic Johnson. Tobias Harris was scoring like Boston Paul Pierce. Furkan Korkmaz shot like Game 6 Klay Thompson, en route to a career-high 34 points and 7 three-pointers.
That’s how it went for the Grizzlies.
Hey, at least we got this gem:
Philadelphia led by as much as 30 in the second half. Though the Grizzlies ultimately cut the lead down big time in the fourth quarter, it was a big case of “too little, too late.”
The Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 119-107.
- Ja Morant - 15 points (4-12 from the field), 6 assists
- Jonas Valanciunas - 14 points (5-8 shooting), 10 rebounds, 4 blocks
- Tyus Jones - 13 points (6-13 shooting), 7 assists
- Marko Guduric - 9 points (3-3 shooting, 1-1 from 3) in 4 minutes.