The San Antonio Spurs sat at number one in the NBA in least amount of turnover per game at 10.8, but the Grizzlies were able to force two Spurs turnovers in the first quarter. Memphis, who haven’t played in 12 days came out of the gates shooting the ball really well. Both teams shot over 50% from the field. However the Grizzlies closed the first quarter on a 13-4 run and led the Spurs 35-27 after one in San Antonio.
The Memphis Grizzlies continued to push the pace, and at times were turning the ball over in some awkward spots. Eight second quarter turnovers for the Grizzlies complicated matters, but despite those eight turnovers, the Grizzlies defense stood strong. Despite the turnover, the Grizzlies gritted out a tough second quarter, and shot the ball well offensively. Memphis led San Antonio 64-57 at the half at AT&T Center.
The Grizzlies came out of the halftime locker-room running. Dillon Brooks drilling a wing three pointer, and Brooks locking DeMar DeRozan to the point that warned a technical foul early in the third. The Grizzlies defense was swarming in the third quarter outscoring the Spurs 36-34 in the third quarter. The Grizzlies held a 100-90 lead heading into the final frame in San Antonio.
The @memgrizz have scored 100 points through the end of the 3Q.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) January 31, 2021
The last time the Grizzlies hit the century mark by the end of the 3Q was on 2/5/20 at Dallas (also 100 points).
The Memphis Grizzlies had a roller coaster of a fourth quarter. Allowing the Spurs to get back to within six once and five in the final four minutes before Ja Morant checked back in. Following the four minute timeout when Morant checked back in, the Grizzlies extended their lead from five, to 14 within two minutes. The power of 12 running the offense is huge. The Grizzlies would end up pushing their winning streak to six by defeating the Spurs 129-112.
Ja Morant: 19 points, 11 assists, 8-14 FG
De’Anthony Melton: 20 points, 8-13 FG, 5 rebounds
Kyle Anderson: 16 points, 6-8 FG, 5 rebounds
The Grizzlies will be back in action on Monday night as they take on the Spurs again at AT&T Center at 7:30 P.M. CT.