Grizzlies had a big night behind the big men
The first quarter Jaren Jackson Jr got off to a hot start. The rookie banked six points home in the post. Then, Garret Temple gets to the rim with the and-one. The Kings would rally behind DeArron Fox, scoring inside and out. Then, Iman Shumpert scores two three-pointers keeping the quarter close on a 9-2 run. In response, Temple banks in the corner three. The Grizzlies were up by one after the first quarter after Fox beats the buzzer with a layup off the glass.
In the second quarter, Grizzlies would fall behind. However, a huge dunk by Wayne Selden energized the team. Temple would go to shoot two more three-pointers ending with 3-4 from deep. Then, Mike Conley starts to attack the rim making 7-16 from the field. The Kings tried to rally back. The game was close when Shumpert, Bogdanovic, and Bjelica hit clutch threes to bring them back.
In the second half, the Grizzlies held a small lead throughout. Fox and Cauley-Stein kept going to the rim attacking at will. However, it was the play of Marc Gasol and the rookie Jaren Jackson Jr.in the post, mainly their scoring and rebounding. The Grizzlies win again at the Grindhouse 112-104.
The Grizzlies Good:
The Grizzlies had a better percentage from the paint and from deep. They were more sound defensively getting more steals and blocks. The team as a whole had less turnovers and less fouls.
The Bear Bad News:
The Grizzlies did not have the best performance from the free throw line, and they were outrebounded. Offensive rebounds were a wash.
The Enemy Stats:
The Kings had more rebounds than the Grizzlies in the loss. They also had a higher percentage at the foul line.
Jaren Jackson Jr.: 27 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Marc Gasol: 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists
Mike Conley: 19 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds