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Grizzlies defeat 76ers 117-109, earn ninth consecutive home win against Philadelphia

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 117-109 on Friday at FedExForum.

Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded 22 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, rejecting Joel Embiid at the rim with 25.2 seconds remaining in the game to help preserve the Grizzlies’ lead. It was the last of Memphis’ season-high 11 blocks in a game. 

Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 28 points and eight rebounds, Dillon Brooks finished with 17 points, while Steven Adams posted nine points, 16 rebounds and a season-high tying six assists to go with three steals and three blocks. Santi Aldama and Brandon Clarke combined for 23 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Embiid posted his ninth double-double of the season, leading the 76ers with 35 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Tobias Harris followed with a season-high five 3-pointers, posting his third double-double of the season behind 21 points and 11 rebounds. Shake Milton finished with 17 points and five assists, while De’Anthony Melton added 13 points and six rebounds in his first return to FedExForum since being traded from Memphis to Philadelphia this offseason.

Philadelphia led Memphis 30-29 after the first quarter. The Grizzlies responded by scoring the first 12 points of the second quarter as part of a 20-2 run and led 64-54 at the half. Memphis outscored Philadelphia 35-24 in the second quarter, netting 22 points in the paint and 11 off fast breaks.

The Grizzlies continued to dominate in the third quarter behind a 14-5 run and led the 76ers 92-76 going into the third quarter. Memphis reached their largest lead of the night at 18 points with 9:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Memphis improved to 8-2 at home this season and extended its home winning streak in the head-to-head series with Philadelphia to nine games. The 76ers remained winless at FedExForum since their victory on Dec. 26, 2012.

The Grizzlies will take on the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. CT. Fans can watch on Bally Sports Southeast or tune in to 92.9 FM ESPN.