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Quick Recap: Memphis grinds out the win and advance to the playoffs

The Grizzlies will return to the playoffs for the 1st time in 4 years after a play-in thriller.

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NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

What a win. Let’s dive right in.

The Grizzlies got off to another hot start with Jaren Jackson Jr. scoring the Grizzlies first basket from long distance. Ja Morant then came out swinging and nailed not one but two attempts from long distance - when the defense dares him to shoot it and daring Ja to do anything it is a definite bet taken. Dillon Brooks then got going with an array of buckets.

The Grizzlies went up 13 points early before the sleeping dragon is awaken who goes by Wardell Curry. Steph gives his team their first lead since 0-2 as he nails another three point shot & takes Golden State up one 26-27. The Grizzlies hang on to recapture the lead 30-29 at the sound of the first period ending. Ja Morant has 10 points, and Curry has 14 points mostly on Jaren Jackson fouled shots in what was a stomach turning roller coaster. It felt like the entire room turned red after being wounded on Black Ops trying to survive the first “Curry Flurry” wave of the evening.

2nd quarter

The sophomore period starts with the Grizzlies second unit — including Jonas Valanciunas — executing quick scoring opportunities. Big Jonas greens a three-point shot after being dared by Golden State’s defense to shoot from the top of the arch. Desmond Bane gets things going instant as he had 7 points in his first 11 minutes of action off the bench to take Memphis up eight points at the right minute mark, before Andrew Wiggins baits Jonas into his third foul at the rim. Jaren follows with his third foul shortly, after so both big men go to the bench for the half and get replaced with Xavier Tillman and Kyle Anderson — which is our best defensive tandem up front anyway.

They’re Memphis’ best front court to slow down the Warriors pick-n-roll show starring Wardell. Tillman is already making things harder for Draymond, which has taken away from Golden State’s playmaking thus far since Xavier entered this quarter. The Grizzlies have regained a double-digit lead in the second quarter, going up as high as a 15 points with just over 3 minutes remaining before halftime when Tillman buried a corner three-ball. Dillon Brooks comes out of timeout with a drive-and-score at the rim to briefly take Memphis up 17 points — silencing San Francisco crowd until Wardell buries another three. After Golden State goes on a quick 7-0 run to get the game back within 10 points, Kyle Anderson creates an outstanding assist driving through traffic before kicking it to an open Grayson Allen deep in the corner for a green bucket, which would be the final bucket of the half to put Memphis up 62-49 at halftime.

Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors - Play-In Tournament Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

3rd quarter

Memphis starts the second half with their eight turnovers, but holds it down on defense to get the ball back where Dillon scores the first points of the second half. Ja Morant has knocked down his third basket from deep already. The young “Drip ‘n’ Slime Grind” still hang on to a 12-point lead, as a time-out is called at the five minute mark of the period. Steph comes out of the timeout to bury a three, and Ja Morant responds with the same from deep making it his fourth shot made from long distance thus far. Golden State goes on a small six-point run to get the game within six points, before Draymond is called for an obvious shooting foul on Xavier Tillman. He convinced Steve Kerr to challenge which was not successful, so Tillman got a chance a two free throws of which he makes one and misses the second one.

4th quarter

The closing period starts its scoring with Jonas at the free throw line for two, after being fouled on a post-up attempt inside. Jonas misses both by the way. Since the nine-minute mark, the Grizzlies have went on a 7-0 run to get the game back up to an eight-point lead. As both teams trade punches down the stretch, regulation ends in a tie sending a tough game into overtime.


Grayson starts overtime with back-to-back three pointer’s. The Warriors respond and go back up by two points before Tillman greens a buzzer-beater corner-pocket long ball. They followed with a solid defensive stance from Memphis to get the ball back before Ja nails a floater — and then repeats the same sequence on offense and defense to close the game. Desmond Bane hammers the final nail in the coffin with a sneaky cut to the basket for a slam dunk and-one.

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