The first quarter, Memphis started out on the defensive end lightyears better than their first scrimmage against Philadelphia. Memphis also opened up their first quarter against Houston having efficient offensive possessions. Outscoring Houston 18-0 in fast break points, Memphis was playing an entirely different style of basketball. Despite playing better than their first scrimmage, Memphis would trail Houston 30-27 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter, Memphis continued their solid defensive improvements, until the closing minutes of the first half. A few botched offensive possessions for Memphis led to Houston fast break open three pointers that Houston would drill, pushing their deficit to 11 at one point in the closing minutes of the half. A Ja Morant floater with 2.9 remaining in the first half would cut the Houston lead down to nine. Houston would lead Memphis 59-50 at the end of the first half in Orlando.
The third quarter, “Fourth Quarter Ja,” would turn into “Third Quarter Ja.” Dropping 11 points in the third quarter alone, Ja led the Memphis offense as they would recover from that halftime deficit. Memphis would outscore Houston 37-20 in the third quarter, and the Grizzlies would lead the Rockets 87-79 headed to the fourth quarter.
Following a really solid third quarter showing, Memphis would fall in the second half of the fourth quarter to the Houston Rockets in Orlando. Houston would drop 41 fourth quarter points as the Grizzlies would fall to Houston 119-104 on Sunday night in Orlando.
Ja Morant: 17 points, 9 assists, 7/15 FG
Jonas Valanciunas: 12 points, 9 rebounds
The Memphis Grizzlies will finish scrimmage play on Tuesday afternoon as they’ll take on the Miami Heat at 1:00 P.M. CT.