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Memphis Grizzlies Postgame Report
Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Memphis cruises past Charlotte to cap-off 2-1 road trip

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • Dillon Brooks led all scorers with 21 points (8-17 FG, 5-10 3P) to go with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 28 minutes.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Grizzlies outscored the Hornets 14-0 in fast break points in the opening half.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Charlotte Hornets 108-93 on Friday night inside Spectrum Center. Memphis tallied a season-high 34 assists as they concluded their three-game road-trip with a 2-1 record.

In the first quarter both teams struggled to settle-in offensively, but the Grizzlies were able to stretch their lead to 11 points following a basket from John Konchar to make it 21-10. Memphis held Charlotte to 29.2 percent shooting in the opening period, but would settle for just a 23-19 lead after one quarter of play. The Grizzlies took advantage of 10 first-half turnovers for Charlotte to help spark their offense with some easy, transition baskets. The Grizzlies outscored the Hornets 14-0 in fast break points in the opening half. Both teams traded baskets down the stretch of the second quarter leading to a 53-47 advantage for Memphis after two quarters. The Grizzlies, playing with only nine players available, needed their bench to give them some crucial minutes, and that is exactly what they did. Konchar, Gorgui Dieng and Desmond Bane scored seven points apiece on 8-of-14 shooting in the first half.

The Grizzlies broke the game open in the third quarter by using great ball-movement and solid defense. Memphis racked up 12 of their season-high 34 assists in the third quarter alone, led by Tyus’ Jones who had five of his 12 assist in the quarter. Memphis ripped off a 16-6 run to stretch their lead to 78-59 with (3:11) to play in the third following a jump shot from Dillon Brooks. Memphis stretched their lead up to 24 points in the third with Brooks scoring 10 of his team-high 21 points in the quarter. Charlotte trimmed the Memphis lead to 13 points following a quick 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter, but they would never get any closer as the Grizzlies cruised to the 15-point victory. The Grizzlies’ 34 assists marked only the fifth time since the franchise moved to Memphis that they’ve tallied 34-plus assists in a road game, as they improved to 2-3 on the season.

Brooks led all scorers with 21 points (8-17 FG, 5-10 3P) to go with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 28 minutes. Kyle Anderson posted a double-double with 18 points (7-15 FG, 2-6 3P), 11 rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes. Brandon Clarke drew his first start of the season, totaling 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a team-high 32 minutes. Dieng led the Grizzlies bench with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes. Bane posted his fifth-consecutive game with multiple 3-pointers to start his career, good for the second-most in NBA history behind only Lauri Markkanen.

The Hornets were led by Bismack Biyombo with 16 points, 12 rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes. LaMelo Ball totaled 15 points, six assists, three rebounds and two steals on 6-of-14 shooting. Gordon Hayward added 14 points, three rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes. Caleb Martin pitched in 14 points, two rebounds and two assists as Charlotte fell to 2-3.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will return to Memphis for a four-game home stand beginning with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 5 p.m. inside FedExForum. Fans can watch the game on FOX Sports Southeast or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Dillon Brooks led all scorers with 21 points (8-17 FG, 5-10 3P) to go with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 28 minutes.
  • Kyle Anderson posted a double-double with 18 points (7-15 FG, 2-6 3P), 11 rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes.
  • Brandon Clarke drew his first start of the season, totaling 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a team-high 32 minutes.
  • Gorgui Dieng led the Grizzlies bench with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes.
  • Desmond Bane posted his fifth-consecutive game with multiple 3-pointers to start his career, good for the second-most in NBA history behind only Lauri Markkanen.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase 2020-21 Season Tickets can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com. Single Game Tickets are available for purchase at the FedExForum Box Office, ticketmaster.com, online at grizzlies.com or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX.

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