The Memphis Grizzlies started the road trip with a trip to Chicago against the Bulls, who were without All-Star Zach LaVine. Meanwhile, Brandon Clarke joined Jaren Jackson Jr., Justise Winslow, and De’Anthony Melton on the injury report.
Could they start the 7-game business trip with a win?
There wasn’t a lot of defense in the first quarter, as both teams were really able to get whatever they wanted offensively.
Dillon Brooks helped get the team going with 8 quick points. The real standout though was Xavier Tillman. He had 9 first-quarter points and made a ton of great plays that flashed his potential. On one possession, he swatted a shot then finished a fast break lineup. Then, he drilled a 3 later, and he also got an easy lay-in off a steal.
The Grizzlies and Bulls were tied at 33 to end the 1st.
The Chicago Bulls bench got off to a 13-2 start to kick off the quarter, leading by as much as 8. The Grizzlies were able to chip away with strong play from John Konchar and Killian Tillie — like we all guessed. Konchar made some jitty plays. He had a nice rim-run for a tough layup against Nikola Vucevic, and he also made a timely charge on a fast break. Tillie also flashed his 3-point upside many raved about coming into the league, as he connected on 2 three’s in the second quarter.
The Grizzlies or Bulls were unable to shore up their defense, as they closed the halftime knotted up at 57.
The Grizzlies kicked off the 3rd quarter with a barrage from 3. Ja Morant, Grayson Allen, and Xavier Tillman each hit a 3, while Dillon Brooks connected on two of them. We also got some cool Ja highlights as well:
The Memphis Grizzlies rattled off 37 points in the quarter to a 94-85 lead.
The Grizzlies extended their lead through the excellent play from the bench. Tyus Jones, in particular, did a wonderful job orchestrating the offense and finding his scoring rhythm as well.
Dillon Brooks went ham in crunch-time to carry the team through the final minutes to give them the 126-115 win.
- Dillon Brooks: 32 points, 12-19 shooting, 4-7 from 3
- Jonas Valanciunas: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
- Ja Morant: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
- Xavier Tillman: 14 points