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Postgame Report: Grizzlies unable to slow down Pacers, fall 126-114
Key Stat of the Night
- Indiana scored a season-high 126 points and made a season-best 18 3-point field goals in tonight’s win.
Key Run of the Night
- Memphis built a 16-11 advantage in the first quarter, but Indiana went on to outscore the Grizzlies 25-11 over the final 6:04 of the first quarter to lead 36-27 at the end of one period.
The Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Indiana Pacers 126-114 inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday night.
On a night where Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant starred, the Grizzlies were unable to slow down a hot Pacers team as Memphis’ two-game road winning streak would come to an end.
The Pacers got off to a strong start offensively as they ripped off a 19-6 run over 3:19 of play to take an early 34-24 lead. Brandon Clarke helped keep the Pacers within reach, despite their sharp shooting to start the game, as he finished the first quarter a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor for 11 points. The Pacers shot 72.7 percent from the floor in the first quarter (16-22 FG) as they held a 36-27 heading into the second quarter.
The Grizzlies trailed the Pacers 56-49 in late in the second before the Pacers would go on a 11-2 run to stretch their lead to 16 points. The Grizzlies were able to trim the Pacers lead down to 11 going into the break thanks to Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke combining for 25 points in the first half on 10-of-13 shooting. The Grizzlies trailed the Pacers 97-81 with 1:08 remaining in the third period before the Pacers exploded on a 15-2 run to give the Pacers their largest lead of the night at 29 points. The Grizzlies were impressive again on the offensive end of the floor as they racked up 13 three’s on 29 attempts (44.8 percent) and dished out 30 assists for the sixth time this season.
Despite the loss, Jaren Jackson Jr. put together a stellar performance, as he finished the night with a season-high 28 points, five rebounds and an assist, all while knocking down a career-high six three-pointers on eight attempts. This marked the second time this season Jackson has made four-or-more threes in back-to-back games, following a 4-for-7 performance from behind the arc vs. Los Angeles on 11/23/19. Over his last seven games Jackson has now shot 26-of-43 from behind the arc for a 60.5 percent clip. Ja Morant posted the second double-double of his career as he tallied 19 points and 10 assists while not committing a turnover. Morant is the first rookie to post a game of 15+ points, 10+ assists and 0 turnovers since Devin Booker on 3/12/16. Brandon Clarke entered the night ranked sixth in the NBA in field-goal percentage and he was superb from the field again tonight. The Grizzlies’ rookie finished the night 8-of-9 from the floor for 17 points and four rebounds.
The Pacers were led by TJ. Warren who finished the night with 26 points and four rebounds on the night. Domantas Sabonis collected a double-double for Indiana as he tallied 13 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Jeremy Lamb chipped in 19 points, four assists and four rebounds while shooting 8-of-16 from the floor. Aaron Holiday gave the Pacers a lift off of the bench with 16 points as Indiana would improve to 10-6 on the season.
The Grizzlies will return to Memphis for a two-game home stand as they take on the LA Clippers on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. CT inside FedExForum. Fans can watch the game on FOX Sports Southeast or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN.
On positives of tonight’s gameThere were some bright spots. The biggest takeaway is that we didn’t come in with an urgency to start the game. I thought the Pacers really set a tone with physicality, going to boards, their activity. We started selling the game a little bit, but a little too late for us when we started settling in. I thought J.J. (Jaren Jackson Jr.) had a great game. Ja, after his fall, responded well, he’s good to go. I feel like our offense is in a good spot. We’re 30 assists, we move the ball, we’re starting to make some threes. It’s true, if you don’t commit yourself defensively, and we do it some nights, and we just have to make that a sustained consistency night in and night out for us.”
On his early offensive aggressionIt gives you a little boost when you’re playing back at home in front of people that you know; but it’s nothing really that different. I have to be aggressive anyway and I know that I have to do that early on, especially to get us going. I’m glad I got a lot of shots to fall early and that helps with my confidence.
On their defensive struggles vs. Pacers hot shootingIt’s probably a combination. There were definitely things that we could have done better. They hit a lot of shots, so credit to them; but we’ve got to make them feel a little more uncomfortable and pressure them a little more. So it was probably a combination.
On their defensive strugglesWe’ve got to come out with better energy. I don’t know what happened to start the game. It’s definitely not what we expected and what we wanted to start the game with. Youth is not an excuse. We’ve still got to fight hard. We kind of gave up in some spots, some stretches we were playing no defense. We’ve got to fix some areas definitely.
- Jaren Jackson Jr. led all scorers in tonight’s game with a season-high 28 points. He made a career-high six 3-pointers in the loss.
- Rookie Ja Morant recorded his second double-double of the season with 19 points and a game-high 10 assists.
- Jonas Valanciunas posted his ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
- Memphis was able to pile up 30 assists on 46 field goals.
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