The Memphis Grizzlies started out the first quarter rather slow. Memphis starters shot 1/9 in that first quarter, including a stretch where the Grizzlies missed nine straight shots. Despite the atrocious shooting from the Grizzlies starters, Memphis’ defense played really well. The difference between the bench unit, and the starters? 10/13 shooting, and outscoring the Lakers bench 21-4. The Grizzlies held a 24-19 lead heading into the second quarter at FedExForum.
After 1 and the Grizzlies lead the Lakers 24-19. Pretty good place to be after the 1-11 start from the field. Dieng, Bane and Melton have been the main reason the Grizzlies have been able to take the lead— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) January 6, 2021
A back and fourth affair would continue in the second quarter between the Grizzlies and Lakers. Life was hard for the Lakers on the offensive end. The Grizzlies would force 10 first half turnovers from the world champions, and made life hard on them offensively. It almost felt like a flash from the past.
Forcing the Lakers to beat them in their half court sets is hard, but something Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins preaches is those habits, and the Grizzlies had a very efficient first half on both ends of the floor. Memphis led the Lakers 49-45 at the half.
The Grizzlies had quite the roller coaster third quarter. Memphis fell victim to a Lakers run, but relied on their defense to pull themselves back into the game. Trailing 65-58, the Grizzlies would go on a 12-3 spurt to closeout the third quarter. The Grizzlies would head to the fourth quarter leading the Lakers 69-68.
Close game heading into the 4th quarter as the Grizzlies lead the Lakers 68-67. Game was close on Sunday until LeBron took over. Do the Grizz have enough juice in them for the final 12 minutes?— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) January 6, 2021
The Grizzlies earned the right to dance with the Lakers with their defensive effort tonight heading into the fourth quarter. Despite playing really solid defense throughout the night, the Lakers are World Champions for a reason. LeBron James knocking down big shot after big shot, pushed the Lakers past the Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
The Grizzlies would end up falling to the Lakers in the final minutes at FedExForum by a score of 94-92. The Grizzlies will be back in action Thursday night at FedExForum as Collin Sexton and the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Memphis.