The Memphis Grizzlies hit the road once again following a one-game home stand that ended in their second straight loss to the Houston Rockets. With the Grizzlies success on the road, could they snap their two game losing streak against the New Orleans Pelicans?
The Memphis Grizzlies got off to a slow start in the opening minutes of regulation in New Orleans. Following a 10-3 Pelicans start, the Grizzlies rolled out an all bench unit featuring Jonas Valanciunas, and Grayson Allen who returned tonight from Heath and Safety Protocol's. Valanciunas dropped 13 points in the first quarter (six minutes) as the Grizzlies would lead the Pelicans 33-31 after one in New Orleans.
The Grizzlies entered the second quarter leading by two, and pushed that two-point lead to as much as 12. Unfortunately, the Pelicans decided to lean on their offense midway through the second quarter, and couldn’t get stops. Allowing the Pelicans to climb back into the game, and at one point letting the Pelicans regain the lead. The Grizzlies would end up leading the Pelicans heading into the half. Memphis would lead 61-60 at the half. Grizzlies Point Guard Ja Morant took a blow to the head from Pelicans Guard Lonzo Ball on a no call, and would go to the locker room right before the half.
The Grizzlies third quarter was quite the roller coaster. Morant returned to start the half, and had several solid drives to the rim that resulted in scores. For the Grizzlies, continuing to play defense was a huge factor in the third quarter. The Pelicans had several opportunities to push out to a lead, but Memphis got the stops, and converted on those stops. The Grizzlies and Pelicans would break even in the third quarter, and the Grizzlies would still lead 91-90 heading to the final frame in New Orleans.
The Grizzlies hung with the Pelicans down the stretch, until the closing minutes. The Pelicans played solid defense, and had consistent offensive possessions where they found the best shot. For the Grizzlies, they found open shots, but couldn’t get those open shots to fall. The Grizzlies would crumble late, and would drop their third straight game with a 118-109 loss to the Pelicans.
The Grizzlies will be back in action on Monday night at FedEx Forum against the Toronto Raptors as they look to snap their three-game losing streak.