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Quick Recap: De’Anthony Melton, Desmond Bane shine as the Grizzlies ground the Rockets

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The Grizzlies bounce back.

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In the NBA, good teams have to have a “next man up” mentality. And to their credit, that’s exactly what the Grizzlies, Desmond Bane and De’Anthony Melton in particular, did after Grayson Allen left the game in the first quarter after a violent collision with Daniel House. Bane and Melton both arguably had their best games of the season as they led the Grizzlies to a 120-110 victory on the road against the hapless Rockets.

In the first half, the Grizzlies continued their recent trend of falling behind early, as they allowed the Rockets to go on a 13-0 run to take a 27-14 lead before the Grizzlies would go on a 9-0 run themselves to make it 27-23 at the end of the first frame. The Grizzlies would rally to tie the game at 57 at halftime behind dominant paint scoring from Jonas Valanciunas, who totaled 14 points and 5 rebounds at the half against a thin Rockets front-line. Bane also added 10 points and 3 assists of his own.

The Grizzlies would again get off to a slow start in the third, trailing by as many as 10 in the frame as Kelly Olynyk consistently abused mismatches off switches. But Melton, who finished with a season-high 23 points on 7-12 shooting and 4-7 from three, scored 13 points in under 3 minutes to bring the Grizzlies within 1 at 91-90 to end the third quarter. They would soon take control in the final frame as Valanciunas methodically put the Rockets away, finishing with 30 points and 15 rebounds on the night.

Although it was a relatively quiet night from him, Ja Morant paced the Grizzlies with 12 points including a timely three in the fourth quarter to hold off a Rockets run. He also totaled 8 assists.

The Grizzlies will travel back home to play the Utah Jazz on Wednesday for the third time in four games.

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