The Memphis Grizzlies opened the game on a scoring tear thanks to Desmond Bane throwing the first two punches. Both deep blows initiated by the rookie from TCU, were from long range. They maintained such a pace the entire first quarter in which the Grizzlies scored a season high 35 points for the opening period thanks to the likes of Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Anderson, and Ja Morant. The first quarter was also a small floater exhibit with even Xavier Tillman contributing to Beale St floater show that got the team up 35-26.
The second quarter became more of the free throw expo that also help lead to the Wizards constantly at the free throw line where they finished 15-16 in the first half alone. The Grizzlies shot a barely decent 70% from free throw on 14/20 shooting. However the Grizzlies did shoot 50% thanks to Desmond Bane. A highlight moment of the second quarter was when Ja Morant takes a behind the back pass & then spins it over to Xavier Tillman in really Sheisty fashion.
The 2nd half
As the Grizzlies struggled offensively to start the second half, The Wizards capitalized as they usually do coming out of halftime. Part of theWizards’ surge was due to them creating quite a few charges, three point shooting foul tricks & other Sheisty plays to take the lead away from Memphis before the midway mark of the third quarter. Keep in mind the Wizards are one of the best third quarter teams in the NBA 6th-best in scoring, as well as 3rd best in margin, according to our very own Pete Pranica.
The Grizzlies still managed to hang in there thanks to Jonas going “Demon Time” in the post sending poor Mo Wagner to the bench by the five minute mark in hopes that Robin Lopez & Davis Bertan could slow him down as he was well on pace for a 30/20 game by the end of the 3rd quarter. Coach Jenkins spared the Wizards from Jonas’s but feed them to the wolves who ran off 16-5 the last five minutes to finish the third 94-85.
The Grizzlies dominated the fourth quarter thanks to Jonas, Ja, and the neophyte Desmond Bane — who turned into Klay Thompson finishing with 20 points on 5/8 shooting from downtown to close the game & Memphis finishes off the win 127-112 thanks in large part to the 30/20 experience provided by yours truly BIG Jonas!