The Memphis Grizzlies entered Wednesday night’s matchup with the Atlanta Hawks looking to extend their winning streak to four games. The Hawks came in riding a four game winning streak of their own. Both teams were on their second night of back-to-backs.
Which team would prevail?
The Memphis Grizzlies got off to quite a slow start against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter, getting behind by as much as 14 points in the first quarter at 25-11 to the Hawks. The Grizzlies would then go on a 19-9 run to close out the first quarter as Dillon Brooks continued his hot shooting from last night’s game against the Heat. Brooks dropped 12 points on 5/7 shooting in the first quarter. The Grizzlies trailed the Hawks 34-29 at the end of the first quarter.
The Grizzlies started the second quarter just like they finished the first quarter - flourishing offensively. They even took their first lead of the game early in the second quarter, and from there the Hawks and Grizzlies would take off in a back and forth affair. The biggest lead in the second quarter was the Grizzlies at four points.
The Hawks attacked Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas in the pick and roll with Trae Young, and had pretty good success. The Grizzlies capitalized in transition off of Hawks misses. Valanciunas dropped 11 of his 13 first half points in that second quarter as the Grizzlies led the Hawks 67-64 at the half in Atlanta.
Grayson Allen had another huge third quarter for the Grizzlies for a second consecutive night. Allen would drop 14 third quarter points, and the Grizzlies as a whole would take over this game in the third quarter. Allen wound up scoring 43 points in the third quarter, which is four points shy of a record dating back to 2007.
The Grizzlies would outscore the Hawks 43-23 as they would lead Atlanta 110-87 heading to the fourth quarter.
The roof was open at StateFarm Arena in Atlanta as the Grizzlies continued to rain in three point shots left and right. The Grizzlies would come close to a road scoring record on Wednesday night, posting 131 points on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies would take down the Harks 131-113 for their fourth straight victory.
Grayson Allen - 30 points, 10/18 FG, and four rebounds
Jonas Valanciunas - 19 points, 11 rebounds, 9/13 FG
Ja Morant - 19 points, 8/13 FG, 7 rebounds, 7 assists
The Grizzlies will be back in action on Friday night as they travel to the Big Apple to take on the New York Knicks and extend their wining streak to five games.