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Postgame Report: Grizzlies Fall to Hornets

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • Memphis made their first two 3-pointers of the game before missing 19 of their next 21 attempts from behind the arc. Memphis shot 23.7% (9-38) from three tonight while Charlotte shot 45.6% from the field and 41.7% (15-36) from 3-point range.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Hornets carried their decisive 24-8 run from the third quarter into the fourth to build an 87-78 lead with 10:08 remaining in the game. Kelly Oubre Jr. caught fire, pouring in 15 of Charlotte’s 37 points in the quarter to close out the game.

Game Recap

The Charlotte Hornets snapped their five-game losing streak with a 118-108 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at FedExForum.

Kelly Oubre Jr. knocked down seven 3-pointers, to tally a season high 37 points along with five rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench. Gordon Hayward scored 25 points with five rebounds and five assists while LaMelo Ball added 12 points, nine rebounds and eight rebounds.

Ja Morant recorded his fifth 30-point game of the season with 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Dillon Brooks notched 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in his season debut and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Kyle Anderson had 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Morant took over on the offensive end early as he stacked up 13 points in less than five minutes of play in the first quarter, but Hayward and the Hornets shot 53.8% from the field. The Grizzlies came out of the first quarter with a 36-34 lead. Morant notched a single-quarter career best 19 points in the first quarter going 9-for-12 from the field.

The Hornets grabbed the momentum on a 29-9 run in the second quarter as the Grizzlies suffered through a six-minute scoring drought from the end of the first quarter to the 6:31 mark in the second quarter. The Grizzlies were just 7-for-27 from the field and 1-for-15 from three in the second quarter, before showing life at the end of the half to shorten the deficit 60-52 at the break. Morant led all scorers with 22 points and three assists while Heyward notched 12 points and four assists.

Jackson Jr. came alive in the third quarter as the Grizzlies stormed to a 16-5 run to take the lead until the Hornets used a quick 16-6 run to reclaim an 81-78 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Hornets carried their decisive 24-8 run into the fourth quarter to build an insurmountable lead as Oubre Jr. poured in 15 of Charlotte’s 37 fourth quarter points to close out the game.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will host the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at FedExForum. Fans can watch the game on Bally Sports South or tune-in to 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • Charlotte snapped a five-game losing streak with their victory tonight. The Hornets also ended a four-game losing streak against the Grizzlies with their last victory in the series coming on Feb. 1, 2019. The Grizzlies will travel to Charlotte on Feb. 12, 2022 for the final game of the season series.
  • Memphis is one of four teams to use the same starting lineup in every game this season.
  • The Grizzlies out-rebounded the Hornets 56-49 in the game and have now out-rebounded their opponent in eight of their first 11 games.
  • The Grizzlies’ 70 paint points tied their season high for points in the paint (10/20/21 vs. CLE). Memphis out-scored Charlotte 70-50 inside.

Player Notables

  • Ja Morant totaled 32 points (13-27 FG, 1-6 FG), eight assists and seven rebounds. Morant stacked up 13 points in less than five minutes of play on his way to a single-quarter career high 19 points in the first quarter. Morant made nine field goals in the first quarter, tying the franchise record set by Jaren Jackson Jr. on Dec. 12, 2019.
  • Morant has five 30-point performances in his first 11 games this season, halfway to his number of 30-point efforts last season (8).
  • Dillon Brooks notched 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals on 8-of-17 shooting in his season debut.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. added 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 30 minutes.
  • Kyle Anderson had 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. totaled 37 points (13-17 FG, 7-9 3P) off the bench tonight for Charlotte, setting a Hornets franchise record for points in a game by a reserve (Prev: 36, Malik Monk).

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