The Memphis Grizzlies came into tonight’s game looking to avenge Sunday’s tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they got lit up in the 4th quarter. The team in their way though was the Phoenix Suns, the 2nd-best team in the West and one of the hottest teams in the league.
The first quarter might as well have been the “Dillon Brooks and Jonas Valanciunas show,” as those two combined for 17 of the Grizzlies’ 19 points. They did a phenomenal job of finding their shot inside the arc. Brooks was methodical in the mid-range, while Valanciunas was capitalizing on put-back’s and stellar post work. Valanciunas nearly finished with a double-double just in the 1st quarter, as he totaled 11 points and 9 rebounds in the period. Memphis ended the 1st quarter up 25-24.
The Grizzlies let the Suns bench get rolling to start the 2nd quarter, as the likes of Frank Kaminsky and Langston Galloway were dishing out the work. However, Grayson Allen did a good job keeping them afloat by going downhill and getting to the rim or the free throw line. The Suns broke away a bit more with the starters back, taking a 60-52 lead going into halftime. At least we got to see a cool alley oop from Ja Morant:
The game didn’t get much better for the Grizzlies to start the half, as Chris Paul reminded everyone he’s still the “Point God.” Every time the Grizzlies tried to get back into it, the Suns would just respond with a 3 to cut life out of them. The Suns closed the quarter with a 96-79 lead.
It wasn’t much better in the 4th quarter, as the Suns got up by as much as 25. Hey, at least Jontay Porter made his NBA debut, and they got to sprinkle in some Killian Tillie, Sean McDermott, and John Konchar minutes too.
The Memphis Grizzlies ultimately lost 122-99.
- Jonas Valanciunas: 24 points (11-14 shooting), 17 rebounds, 2 steals
- Grayson Allen: 15 points (4-8 shooting, 2-5 shooting from 3), 4 assists, 2 steals
- Ja Morant: 15 points (4-12 shooting), 4 assists