The Grizzlies took on Utah on Beale St, in what was certainly a revenge game. Utah won the last two games, leaving Memphis with a chip on its shoulder. The Grizzlies never took the lead in the first quarter, but they did keep the game within one point at the first buzzer 29-28. The “Drip N Slime” grind did shoot 50% with 11 made field goals.
Utah ran off seven straight points to start the second period and reached 8 threes made in the game already. By the time the Grizzlies called their first timeout, the game was 36-28. At this point, it was the Grizzlies getting slimed from distance, as Utah is going bombs away attempting threes. The Grizzlies come out of the timeout on a 10-2 mini scoring run and get a quick tie before the Jazz retake the game again in what is becoming a floater’s invitational halfway through the second quarter. The Jazz ultimately take an eight point lead 57-49 with 11 made threes. All followed by an excellent Montell Jordan halftime performance.
Dillon Brooks starts the second half off for the Grizzlies with back-to-back made buckets. Kyle Anderson highlight alert then came to be as he took the ball from the top right three-point corner to the rim with a euro step. Then he switched hands before he layed it in for an and-one call on a good defender in Royce O'Neal - then Kyle made the free throw. The beautiful thing about it all is that “Slow Mo’s” patented slow motion game allow some viewers to slow down real live time and enjoy every inch of body movements made in cinematic fashion to materialize the play.
Shorty after the Grizzlies tied the game at 61, being able to take the lead and surviving the Jazz best shots from three-point land. Ja Morant went off for 13 points in the third quarter alone with 20 points total, after he gets to the line right before the end of the third quarter courtesy of a foul call on his drive attempt where he sank both free throws. He gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the game, proving the third time is the charm in as many quarters.
Killian Tillie is the first highlight of the fourth quarter for me, and it was his defense on the perimeter where he forced a turnover on Jordan Clarkson off of a switch. I’m very high on this kid.
Ja Morant then went into beast mode attacking the rim and getting to the line drawing fouls. It came down to Ja vs Conley to close out the game as both exchanged buckets back and forth. “12” now has a new career high in free throws made with 12 coincidentally, but the two crucial free throws he missed just moments earlier ultimately allowed the Jazz to seal the deal for the win.
Another close but no cigar evening against the Jazz.