The Memphis Grizzlies traveled to Houston on Sunday night to finish the month of February against the Rockets. The Rockets was riding a 10-game losing streak, and in search of finding their way. The Grizzlies looking to finish their 6-9 month of February on a high note. Could the Grizzlies get the job done on Sunday night?
The Grizzlies and Rockets got off to an ugly start in the first quarter. Both teams struggled to get any consistency on the offensive end. The story of the first quarter would be how bad both teams starting five’s were, but how good the Grizzlies bench unit was. Tyus Jones, De’Anthony Melton, Justise Winslow, Brandon Clarke, and Xavier Tillman found their flow on the defensive end, and pushed tempo, and found good shots on offense. The Grizzlies would lead the Rockets 25-18 after one in Houston.
The second quarter, the Rockets would show why their the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA, while the Grizzlies would find their offensive groove. The Grizzlies filtered the starting five back in rather quickly in the second quarter, and from there the Grizzlies took off.
The Rockets overall struggled shooting the ball, shooting 28.6% from the field and 10% shooting from the deep. The Grizzlies outscored the Rockets 38-19, and held a 63-37 lead headed into the half. The Grizzlies as a whole had a really solid first half, but Brandon Clarke logged a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
It really doesn’t get worse than how the Rockets played in the 1st half but a ton of credit goes to the Grizzlies defense as they carry a 26 point lead into halftime. Players that stood out:— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) March 1, 2021
- Brandon Clarke
- Desmond Bane
- Justise Winslow
The third quarter, the Grizzlies flooded the Rockets. To quote Fox Sports Southeast Play-by-play announcer Pete Pranica, “I don’t think that I have ever seen a team shoot 7.7% from three in my entire career.” The Rockets struggle shooting the ball wasn’t necessarily just a bad night of shooting, the Grizzlies defense was moving in sync, and contesting each shot. The Grizzlies led the Rockets 95-60 at the end of the third quarter in Houston.
The fourth quarter would consist of rookie Killian Tillie making his NBA Debut for the Grizzlies. Outside of that, the Grizzlies would just build on their blow out lead. The Grizzlies would end their route of the Houston Rockets by a score of 133-84
Justise Winslow - 20 points, 8/12 FG, 3 rebounds in 20 minutes
Brandon Clarke - 16 points, 7/9 FG, 12 rebounds in 20 minutes
Desmond Bane - 15 points, 6/7 FG, 7 rebounds in 24 minutes
The Grizzlies will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Washington to take on the Wizards at 5:30 P.M. CT.