The Grizzlies came into tonight’s game looking to bounce back from last night’s road loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks were wanting to avenge a 39-point beatdown at the hands of the Grizzlies from earlier this week.
Memphis would get their first look at Ja Morant against Trae Young, as well as their last one at former Grizzly Vince Carter.
The Grizzlies started the game with an offensive onslaught, picking apart the Hawks’ defense. Jonas Valanciunas dominated the interior, collecting 12 points and 5 rebounds in the first quarter. The scoring production continued down the bench, as Josh Jackson scored a quick 10 points in 5 first quarter minutes.
The ball movement there was superb, as the Grizzlies whipped the ball around to open cutters and shooters for easy buckets.
The Grizzlies offense slowed down in the second quarter, only scoring 28 points, compared to the 38 in the first quarter. However, they managed to maintain their lead going into the half, leading 66-45 at the end of two quarters. Valanciunas continued to eat down low. In addition, Kyle Anderson and De’Anthony Melton developed a nice two-man game in the second quarter.
The Hawks kicked off the second half with a quick 7-0 run within the first minute of action. However, the Grizzlies flipped the switch and started a 3-point parade midway through the quarter, with triples from Melton, Anderson, and Ja. In addition, we got to witness more of the budding chemistry between Morant and Jackson. Atlanta closed the gap to 15 by the end of the quarter, trailing 93-78.
Ja Morant’s magic touch continued in the fourth quarter, as he drilled 2 three’s early in the quarter. The Memphis Grizzlies held on to their lead, with nothing necessarily too flashy to it, except for an acrobatic putback layup from Morant. The Grizzlies complete the series sweep against the Hawks with a 118-101 win.
- Jonas Valanciunas - 27 points, 17 rebounds
- Ja Morant - 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists
- Josh Jackson - 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
- De’Anthony Melton - 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
- Dillon Brooks - 13 points, 4 rebounds
- Kyle Anderson - 12 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds
- John Konchar - 10 rebounds