The Memphis Grizzlies took on the Utah Jazz in the Grizzlies fourth seeding game, seeking their first win within the bubble. Coming off another disappointing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans and the unfortunate news of Jaren Jackson Jr.’s season-ending injury, the Grizzlies needed something to go their way. The starters against the Jazz were Ja Morant, Jonas Valanciunas, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, and Brandon Clarke.
The Grizzlies would fight to win a back and forth first quarter. Both teams played solid basketball on both ends, with the Grizzlies getting hot late in the quarter to take a 31-27 lead into the 2nd quarter. All nine players that touched the floor for Memphis scored in the 1st quarter, a balanced effort from the entire team. The hot streak would continue through the first 5 minutes of the 2nd quarter, led by Dillon Brooks on the offensive end. Memphis would build as much as a 13 point lead behind Brooks 20 first half points.
Brooks ended the half 6-11 from the field for 20 points in 17 minutes. The offense stopped when Brooks went to the bench, and Utah took advantage. To end the half, Utah went on a 22-1 scoring run to build a 64-55 halftime lead. Grizzlies had 5 turnovers in the last 5 minutes of the half, while Utah found their scoring touch. The Jazz put up 39 in the second quarter, with four of five starters in double figures.
A nine-point first half lead was erased by the Grizzlies by the 7:37 mark in the 3rd quarter, a Grizz bucket would tie it at 70, prompting a Jazz timeout. The third quarter would be back and forth from there, with neither team grabbing more than a six point lead. The Jazz would take a one point 89-88 lead into the final quarter, led by Rudy Gobert at 19 points through three quarters. The Grizzlies had scoring across the lineup, but the third quarter was dominated by Morant, who finished the quarter with 18 points.
The fourth quarter was more of the same, a back and forth game through the first 5 minutes. A Grayson Allen three, one of his six threes in route of his career high of 20 points, would tie the game at 102 at the 7:35 mark left in the game. The Jazz would maintain a five point lead from 5:41 to 3:33 left, the Grizzlies simply couldn’t overcome the deficit. Ja Morant looked gassed with the absence of a backup point guard, as he would log 38 minutes. After a 3:33 Utah timeout with the Jazz up 110-105, Joe Ingles hit two back-to-back threes to put the Jazz up 116-105 in just 42 seconds. After a small amount of excitement to end the game, the Jazz would take the win 124-115.
Despite four Grizzlies going for 20+, led by Dillon Brooks with 23, the Jazz pounded the Grizz from the free throw and three point lines. The Jazz were led by Joe Ingles with 25. Memphis falls to 0-4 in the bubble.