The Grizzlies started off slowly as they couldn’t get into any kind of rhythm offensively. Deyonta Davis and Rade Zagorac couldn’t get a good feel in the first quarter and a nice steal and dunk off an inbounds pass by Kobi Simmons was the main highlight of the first period. Seven turnovers had the Grizzlies in a 20-14 deficit after one.
The Grizzlies played much better in the 2nd quarter. A few miscues kept it close but great offense led the Grizzlies to a four point halftime lead. The guards starting attacking the basket which was a key part of the run which took the lead. Three pointers by Zagorac and Brooks were also key. A Brooks four point play was the key play of the quarter. Mitchell has led the Jazz with 16 while Brooks has led the Grizzlies with 14. Memphis led 43-39 at the half.
Another slow start for the Grizzlies had the Jazz get out to a quick 7-0 run. Simmons had some nice plays including a breakaway slam dunk in transition. More turnovers had hurt the Grizzlies as well as it seemed like Mitchell was stealing every pass. Dillon Brooks had a great dunk and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is on Sportscenter tonight as a top 10 play. A 62-54 lead for the Memphis Grizzlies after three quarters.
The Jazz getting to the FT line and Donovan Mitchell making big plays was the reason they were able to stay in this game. Some bad fouls and turnovers kept the Jazz in it as well. Leslie made a step back jumper off an offensive rebound with 2.6 seconds to tie the game for the Utah Jazz leading to Selden missing a three to win it at the end of regulation. Despite rough play in regulation time, Wade Baldwin did a nice job attacking the basket and getting to the FT line in OT. The Jazz were down by three with 1.8 seconds left and had the ball, however, they were unsuccessful as they couldn’t get off a good look.
The Memphis Grizzlies won 84-81 to improve to 3-0 and will get a first round bye in the tournament. Dillon Brooks led the way with 24 points and 6 boards while Mitchell had 37 Points and 8 steals to lead the Jazz.