The Memphis Grizzlies headed north of their matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night for a matchup with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. Coming off of a tough loss to the defending champions, could the Grizzlies take down the Kings?
The Memphis Grizzlies came out of the gates looking to push the pace, and get good shots up in half-court sets. Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks dropping 12 of the Grizzlies first 21 points, as the Grizzlies would lead by as much 13 in the first quarter. Fortunately for Memphis, the Kings weren’t interested in playing defense, and the Grizzlies would lead 30-22 following one quarter in Sacramento.
Following a first quarter where the Grizzlies gave up 22 points to the Kings, the Grizzlies had another good defensive second quarter. Only allowing the Kings to score 24 points in the second quarter, the Grizzlies stuck to their “habits” as Taylor Jenkins loves to refer to. The Grizzlies capitalized on each offensive possession, and pushing tempo off of Kings misses.
Brooks would lead all scorers at the half with 18 points, and out of those 18 points, only nine of them were from three point land. Brooks passed up several opportunities to shoot three pointers to either find a better shot, or create an opportunity for his teammates. The Grizzlies led the Kings 62-46 at the half in Sacramento.
Remember when we had those fun times with Dillon Brooks playing good basketball? Well, Brooks collected back-to-back fouls early in the third quarter to pick up his fourth personal foul, earning himself a seat on the bench. Fortunately for the Grizzlies, the production was by committee.
The Grizzlies had six different players in double figures heading into the fourth quarter, as the Grizzlies led Sacramento 99-79 at Golden One Center.
The fourth quarter consisted of the Grizzlies maintaining their double-digit lead on the Kings. The Grizzlies looked like they were playing with joy throughout the fourth quarter despite holding that big lead - Memphis continued to play hard.
The Grizzlies would take down the Kings 124-110 in Sacramento on Sunday night.
Jonas Valanciunas: 25 points, 11-14 FG, 12 rebounds
Dillon Brooks: 22 points, 10-20 FG
Kyle Anderson: 17 points, 6-9, 6 rebounds, 4 assists
The Grizzlies return home to Memphis for a national TV matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night on TNT.