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Postgame Report: Memphis uses dominant fourth quarter to power past Bulls 101-90

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • After allowing 132 points on 52.5 percent shooting last evening to Indiana, the Grizzlies bounced back on the defensive end vs. the Bulls. Down the stretch, Memphis held Chicago to just 16 points in the fourth quarter on just 26.1 percent shooting. The Grizzlies held the Bulls to 0-of-11 from 3-point range in the final quarter. Memphis also out-shot Chicago 61.1 percent to 26.1 percent and out-rebounded the Bulls 17-6 in the fourth.

Key Run of the Night

  • The game was knotted at 83-83 with 6:50 to play in regulation before Memphis ripped off a 20-6 run to put the game out of reach. Jonas Valančiūnas scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including an explosive two-handed put back dunk with 1:39 left to ice the game away.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies knocked off the Chicago Bulls 101-90 on Monday night inside FedExForum. Memphis outscored Chicago 31-16 in the final quarter of play while holding the Bulls to 0-of-11 from 3-point range in the last 12 minutes.

Dillon Brooks scored eight points in the first 10 minutes of the game to pace the Grizzlies early on. The Grizzlies stretched their lead to as many as nine points in the first quarter before the Bulls tied the game at 22-22 heading to the second quarter. Memphis ripped off a 14-2, highlighted by an alley-oop slam from Brandon Clarke, to grab a 46-43 lead over the visitors. Despite turning the ball over 12 times (14 points) in the first half, the Grizzlies carried a 48-47 lead into the halftime break.

Chicago came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter, using a 17-6 run to take control of the game at 66-59 with 5:29 remaining in the third. The game was knotted at 83-83 with 6:50 to play in regulation before Memphis ripped off a 20-6 run to put the game out of reach. Memphis out-shot Chicago 61.1 percent to 26.1 percent and out-rebounded the Bulls 17-6 in the fourth quarter to snap their six-game losing streak to the Bulls.

Jonas Valančiūnas totaled 26 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks on 12-of-15 shooting. Valančiūnas has recorded a double-double in 39 of his 47 games played this season. Ja Morant posted a double-double of his own with 13 points, 10 assists and three rebounds in 36 minutes. Brooks totaled 17 points (6-of-19), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 37 minutes. Grayson Allen pitched in 14 points and six rebounds as Memphis improved to (27-25).

Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds on 5-of-14 shooting. Thaddeus Young added 20 points, one rebound and one assist on an efficient 10-of-15 shooting performance. Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebound as the Bulls fell to (22-31) on the year.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will finish their three game home stand on Wednesday, April 14 vs. the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 p.m. inside FedExForum. Fans can watch on ESPN or listen on 92.9 ESPN.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • The Grizzlies finished their home back-to-back tonight with their first game of the season against the Chicago Bulls. Memphis’ current three-game home stand marks the team’s only three home games during a 14-game stretch (April 4-26).
  • Following the home stand, the Grizzlies embark on a seven-game road trip from April 16-26, the longest road trip in the Memphis era of the franchise (since 2001-02 season). The Bulls’ visit to FedExForum marks the end of a 10-game stretch with nine away games.
  • The Grizzlies snapped a six-game losing streak in the overall series against the Bulls, picking up their first win over Chicago since Mar. 15, 2017. Before tonight, Chicago was the only team that had not lost to Memphis since the start of the 2017-18 season.
  • The Grizzlies set a franchise record for points in the paint last night vs. Indiana (88). Memphis followed that up with 60 points in the paint tonight. The Grizzlies lead the NBA in points in the paint per game (56.4) with Jonas Valančiūnas (12.6 points) and Ja Morant (10.9) doing the most damage.

Player Notables

  • Jonas Valančiūnas posted a double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds to pick-up his 39th double-double of the season, tying his single-season career high. Jonas Valančiūnas notched his 15th consecutive double-double, setting a new franchise record previously held by Zach Randolph.
  • Valančiūnas has totaled 60 points and 36 rebounds while shooting 70.0 percent in two games over the past two nights. Per Stathead, the only other player in the last 42 seasons to reach these totals (and FG%) over a 48-hour span is Dwight Howard (Dec. 14-15, 2007).
  • Ja Morant posted a double-double with 13 points, 10 assists and three rebounds in 36 minutes. Tonight was Morant’s 10th game this season with at least 10 points and 10 assists, joining Jason Williams and Mike Bibby as the only Grizzlies players to have multiple seasons with 10+ point-assist double-doubles.
  • Dillon Brooks added 17 points (6-19 FG), seven rebounds and two assists in a team-high 37 minutes.
  • Kyle Anderson filled the box score with five points, five rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block in 29 minutes.
  • Grayson Allen totaled 14 points (4-of-9 3P) and six rebounds in 32 minutes. Allen has made 4-or-more 3-pointers eight times in only 39 games this season. Allen accomplished this feat just four times in the first 76 games of his career.

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