Like many of the teams that preceded them, the Pelicans took their turn at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
Buoyed by the return of Ja Morant, the Grizzlies were shocked by Jaxson Hayes beating Steven Adams midway through the first quarter. The locals didn’t respond long in coming in with a 10-2 thanks to two 3-point baskets from Zayer Williams (30-18).
The wing gave it a coat with two new missiles behind the arc before leaving it to Brandon Clark to pass a massive immersion in the counterattack (32-20). On their way, the Grizzlies drove the point home via Desmond Bunny, at the close of Oops Alley and a 3-pointer composer bringing the mark to 43-26.
To make matters worse, Jonas Valanciunas quickly emerged with his fourth personal foul while Dillon Brooks scored 10 of his team’s last 15 points before the break, including a 3-point basket in the last second on a serve from Ja Morant (64-47).
Once they returned from the locker room, Memphis continued their demonstration, between 2 + 1 of Ja Morant causing 5And Valancionas’ personal error and Desmond Bani’s 3-point basket error, followed by Dillon Brooks’ error to score +30 to score (84-54).
On a little cloud, the Grizzlies finished the third quarter flat with a choppy alley wrapped up by Ziaire Williams and a final basket at the bell by Brandon Clarke (119-80). In a final act on Showtime, Ja Morant sent Brandon Clarke down an oop alley before introducing himself to a huge counter in front of Larry Nance Jr to finally find the seat (131-90). Even Yves Pons was having fun, narrowly missing an alley at a height and catching a large meter in Jared Harper.
Calculating up to 43 points up front, Taylor Jenkins’ forces have won their 30th home run this season by 141 to 114.
What to remember
Ja Morant is back. Finally, the medical staff allowed Taylor Jenkins to return his captain to the bathroom. The goal was to get his rhythm back and the operation was a success as Ja Morant finished with 21 points and 9 assists, showing himself more and more comfortable as the match progressed.
– In recording mode! When the Grizzlies are on fire, they don’t pretend! Tonight, they threw a real show in the third quarter by scoring 55 points in 12 minutes! It’s three small points lower than the NBA’s record sealed by the Buffalo Braves in 1972. The franchise’s previous record of points scored in a single quarter was 46 points up until then. They have also tied their nursing record to 41 and will have the opportunity tonight to score the best record in franchise history, provided they score 57.And Victoire.
Tops / swings
✅ Dillon Brooks. The Memphis pool was almost irreplaceable. So it is difficult to exclude a player from the lottery. But Dillon Brooks finished as his team’s top scorer with 23 points and a heat stroke before the break, helping to end the suspense very quickly.
✅ Brandon Clark. He is among the emblematic players of this team in terms of his enduring commitment and intensity. Perfect in his role of “activator” coming off the bench, Interior put back a nice 10/10 in the shot to finish with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists…in 18 minutes.
⛔ Jonas Valanciunas. It’s hard to do more frustrating because the Lithuanian could only play 6 minutes because of his five personal fouls!
Memphis (56-25): The Grizzlies finish off with the Celtics on Sunday.
New Orleans (36-45): The Pelicans will greet the Warriors for the last time in the regular season.