The Memphis Grizzlies entered Friday night’s matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers looking to sweep their home and home matchup against the Clippers. The Grizzlies dominated the Clippers on Thursday night, could the Grizzlies do the same on Friday night?
A back and fourth first quarter for the Grizzlies and Clippers. Both teams went on their respective runs. The Grizzlies trailed 7-2 in the opening minutes, but following a Taylor Jenkins timeout, the Grizzlies would score four straight points to get the game back to even. Then, the Grizzlies would go on a 7-0 run, followed by a Clippers 11-3 run, ended with the a Grizzlies run after trailing by as much as eight. Memphis trailed Los Angeles 32-30 after one quarter at FedExForum.
The Grizzlies second quarter was a slippery slope from the opening possession. It didn’t help that the Clippers were moving well offensively compared to last night, but the Grizzlies first entered foul trouble early in the second quarter. Then, when able to get stops of the defensive end, Memphis turned the ball on the offensive end. The Grizzlies gave up a 12-2 Clippers run to close out the half as the Clippers led the Grizzlies 63-47 at the half at FedExForum.
Despite the early run from the Grizzlies in the third quarter - cutting a 16 point Clippers lead to 10 -the Grizzlies couldn’t continually get stops and scores. The Grizzlies seemed like they were running on a treadmill that was not leading to anything. The story of two teams that played completely different in a 24 hour span. Last night when the Grizzlies got stops and pushed in transition, they were efficient. However, that would not be the case for the Grizzlies through three quarters on Friday night. The Grizzlies trailed the Clippers 90-72 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Memphis Grizzlies would make a late fourth quarter push on a Clippers 20 point lead. Taking advantage of a full-court press and speeding the Clippers up worked for a while, but despite cutting the Los Angeles lead to 10, the Grizzlies just couldn’t get over the hump on Friday night. The Grizzlies would fall to the Clippers by a score of 119-99.
The Grizzlies tie their home and home series with the Clippers, and will be back in action Sunday night as they look to steal one against the Houston Rockets in Houston.