The Memphis Grizzlies entered Monday night’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs riding a six game winning streak. Facing a familiar foe in the Spurs, who the Grizzlies beat Saturday night, could Memphis extend their winning streak to seven?
The Memphis Grizzlies got off to a rather slow start out of the gates, but following a Taylor Jenkins timeout, Memphis was able to recover. San Antonio got off to a 10-3 lead on the Grizzlies, but Memphis would recover thanks in part to their defense, and working the ball inside out on offense.
The Grizzlies bench continues to be arguably the best thing to watch nightly with this team. Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, De’Anthony Melton, John Konchar, and Gorgui Dieng played fanstastic in relief of the starting five. The Grizzlies led the Spurs 33-31 after one quarter in San Antonio.
JOHN KONCHAR. CHASEDOWN ARTIST pic.twitter.com/ZJysiCPyAp— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 2, 2021
The Grizzlies are just rolling as an overall unit. Defensively, there is a reason that Memphis ranks second in the NBA in defensive net rating. The Spurs sit at number one in the NBA in turnovers given up per game (least amount of turnovers). Memphis’ defense was swarming in the second quarter, forcing 6 turnovers from San Antonio. Holding the Spurs to 22 points in the second quarter, the Grizzlies were able to outscore San Antonio 36-22, and led 69-53 at the half at AT&T Center.
The third quarter was quite the roller coaster. While the Grizzlies led by as much as 22 at one point, their 16 point halftime lead was cut down to 10 at one point by the Spurs. The Spurs went on a 14-1, but despite all of that, Memphis broke even in the third quarter. Despite the six turnovers, and being outscored 30-27, the Grizzlies led the Spurs 96-83 at the end of three in San Antonio.
Closing time in SA.— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 2, 2021
We lead 96-83 after 3 quarters.
Watch the final stanza now on @GrizzliesOnFSSE
The Grizzlies put the nail in the coffin early in the fourth quarter, forcing Greg Popovich to throw the white flag midway through the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies would build a 28 point lead in the fourth quarter, as they would beat San Antonio 133-102 as they would go on to win their seventh straight game.
Gorgui Dieng: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 8/10 FG
De’Anthony Melton: 17 points, 6/14 FG, 6 rebounds
Brandon Clarke: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7/10 FG
The Grizzlies will be back in action tomorrow night against the Indianapolis Pacers as the Grizzlies look to extend their winning streak to eight games.