Quite the nail-biter as these teams had nearly identical field goal Hart’s the entire game. Just when we thought it was just too much Jimmy Butler for Drip N Slime to defend the home turf. The Beale St gang pull out a variety of game winning plays to seal the deal. Thanks to De’Anthony Melton’s double double and career-high in rebound performance that was just 4 assists shy of a triple double, OFF THE BENCH HOMIE!
The first half was like a seesaw in a sense. Both teams exchanged blows back and forth with Grayson Allen leading the way for Memphis, with two buckets made from long range in the first half alone. Jonas Valanciunas didn’t offer much scoring but still found ways to earn his pay by crashing the boards and recording six rebounds by half. However, it was the stifling defense of Brandon Clarke as a center that truly served as the catalyst. Brandon was a thorn in the side of anyone looking to attack the basket. He altered and blocked shots at an elite rate in his first 12 minutes but the Grizzlies stilled trailed the Heat at halftime 47-46.
The opening period of the second half was the rise of “Let It Fly,” as the Grizzlies came from behind and went on a 17-0 run in the third quarter — lead by Ja Morant who had 7 in the third alone. The Grizzlies finished the quarter up nine on the Pacers and building heavy momentum going into the final period.
They say 4th quarters are for closers, well De’Anthony Melton showed tonight he’s capable of being one. As the Grizzlies lose the meaty double digit lead they had to open the 4th quarter, Ja Morant misses a crucial layup at the final minute of the quarter mark to break the 83-83 tie and retake the lead, Tyler Herro ends up going downhill across the court only to be stripped by “Mr.Do Something” himself. He also gets a crucial rebound and foul call with just under 30 seconds left that sends him to the line where he makes both to give Memphis a two point lead but the Grizzlies foul sending Miami’s Goran Dragic to the charity strip for two with just under nine seconds left where the veteran lefty makes both to tie the game again.
Ja Morant takes it coast to coast being heavily defended by Jimmy Butler, but to no avail as Ja slides by him at the rim to finish with his left in smooth closer fashion.
Kyle Anderson seals the rebound off a Jimmy Butler missed attempt he also helped defend. Kyle makes both free throws and The Grizzlies win 89-85.