The Memphis Grizzlies entered Sunday afternoon’s matchup with the Washington Wizards with some new faces. Following a tough loss in Philadelphia, could the Grizzlies bounce back in the Nation’s capital?
The Memphis Grizzlies started the game rather rusty through the first four minutes. Where as, the Wizards were hitting the open shots early, as the Wizards led the Grizzlies 8-2 on a Taylor Jenkins timeout at the 8:20 mark.
The Grizzlies, it felt like, had one of the worst first quarters of the season. They were missing shots on the offensive end (7/22, 31%). Defensively, they gave up 30 first quarter points to the Wizards. Then followed that up with a horrible inbounds play to finish the quarter, as a pass was intercepted with three seconds remaining for a Jerome Robinson three pointer at the buzzer.
The Grizzlies would end up trailing the Wizards 30-18, as Washington would shoot 45% from the field.
The Grizzlies started the second quarter on a 12-2 run, bringing up their field goal percentage from 31 percent in the first quarter to 44 percent during that run. The run brought Memphis back into the game, tying up the game with Washington midway through the second.
Unfortunately for Memphis, from the six-minute mark on, the Grizzlies would try to match baskets with the Wizards, and Memphis’ energy on both ends was lackluster. Bradley Beal got to the rim with ease, and the Wizards driving and kicking to open shooters.
Memphis’ field goal percentage went from 44 percent in the second quarter, to 39 percent by halftime. Memphis would outscore Washington 29-25 in the second, but Washington would still hold the lead 55-47.
Grizzlies chip away there in the second quarter. Wizards up eight 55-47 at the end of the first half.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) February 10, 2020
The Grizzlies came out of the locker rooms looking for a rhythm to the game, and the Wizards continued to muddy the game up. Memphis would trail as by as much as 10 in the third quarter, before putting an 11-1 run together to cut the Washington lead to just two.
The Grizzlies and Wizards would continue to exchange buckets throughout the third quarter, but Memphis would slice a Wizards 10-point lead in half. At the end of the third quarter, the Grizzlies trailed the Wizards 85-80.
As poorly as Memphis has played in lots of ways, they've continued to win quarters since the terrible 1st 12 minutes of the game. Memphis is now only down five, 85-80, heading to the 4th quarter.— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) February 10, 2020
Ja Morant, playing more minutes that he usually plays, sparked the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter. While playing in more minutes, Morant didn’t show fatigue, but started getting stronger, as the guys around him grew tired. The Grizzlies would outscore the Wizards in the fourth quarter 26-14 as Ja Morant would pick up his first career triple-double, and the Grizzlies would bounce back with a 106-99 victory in Washington.
Ja Morant: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists (35 minutes)
Kyle Anderson: 16 points, 5 rebounds, and two asssists.
Jaren Jackson Jr.: 14 points, 11 rebounds, 6/16 FG.
The Grizzlies will look for their second straight dub on Wednesday night as they return home to face the Portland Trail Blazers at FedEx Forum.