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MEMvCLE: Grizzmo 1.17.20

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MEMvCLE: Grizzmo 1.17.20

Catch the key moments from Friday night’s game.
Jan 17, 2020  |  01:00

MEMvCLE: Postgame press conference 1.17.20

Listen to what Head Coach Taylor Jenkins had to say following the team’s win over the Cavaliers.
Jan 17, 2020  |  06:35

Dillon Brooks 26 points vs. Cavaliers 1.17.20

Dillon Brooks scores a team-high 26 points Friday night against the Cavaliers.
Jan 17, 2020  |  01:15

Grizzlies vs. Cavaliers highlights 1.17.20

Catch the Grizzlies highlights from their match against the Cavaliers at FedExForum on Friday night.
Jan 17, 2020  |  02:03

MEMvCLE: Dillon Brooks postgame 1.17.20

Dillon Brooks speaks with the media after the Grizzlies beat the Cavaliers in Memphis.
Jan 17, 2020  |  01:52

MEMvCLE: Ja Morant postgame 1.17.20

Hear what Grizzlies Guard Ja Morant had to say to reporters following Friday’s victory over the Cavaliers.
Jan 17, 2020  |  05:37

MEMvCLE: Ja Morant walkoff interview 1.17.20

Find out what Ja Morant had to say to Rob Fischer following the Grizzlies win against the Cavaliers.
Jan 17, 2020  |  01:58

Brandon Clarke brings the hammer down

Brandon Clarke brings the hammer down to extend the Grizzlies lead to 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Jan 17, 2020  |  00:16

Grizzlies are feeling it with a 9-0 run in the third quarter

Grizzlies are feeling it with a 9-0 run in the third quarter to take over the lead against Cleveland.
Jan 17, 2020  |  00:47

Jae Crowder capitalizes on his steal with a no-look assist

Jae Crowder capitalizes on his steal with a no-look assist to Tyus Jones.
Jan 17, 2020  |  00:13

Grayson Allen is cleared for takeoff

Grayson Allen with a monster slam in the second quarter.
Jan 17, 2020  |  00:13

Jaren Jackson Jr. shows off with a fastbreak dunk

Jaren Jackson Jr. shows off with a fastbreak dunk after forcing a steal against the Cavaliers.
Jan 17, 2020  |  00:11

Postgame Report: Grizzlies fend off Cavaliers, extend winning streak to seven games

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies trailed the Cavaliers 56-54 at the half before outscoring the Cavaliers 38-20 in the third quarter to take a 92-76 lead into the final frame. Memphis outshot Cleveland 68.4 percent (13-19 FG, 5-7 3P) to 34.8 percent (8-23 FG, 2-7 3P) in the quarter.

Key Run of the Night

  • Memphis trailed Cleveland 60-57 with 11:07 remaining in the third period following a running hook shot from Kevin Love. The Grizzlies responded with a 24-9 run over the next 7:31 of play as they took an 81-69 lead with 3:35 to play in the third quarter.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies extended their season-long winning streak to seven games as they held on to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-109 on Friday night inside FedExForum.

Dillon Brooks was able to lift the Grizzlies to their seventh consecutive victory as Memphis improved to 13-0 this season when Brooks scores 20-or-more points. Brooks had it going early as he tallied 10 points in the first quarter before Memphis took a 27-25 lead after one quarter of play. Cleveland would find their rhythm in the second quarter as they exploded on an 18-2 run to grab a 38-29 lead with 9:37 to play before halftime. Memphis used nine second quarter points from Grayson Allen to help cut into the Cavaliers lead as they entered the locker room trailing by just two at 56-54.

Memphis grabbed control of the game in the third quarter, highlighted by a 24-9 run over 7:31 of play as they took a commanding 81-69 lead with 3:35 to play in the third quarter. Memphis’ run was sparked by Brooks, who tallied 15 of his 26 points in the third quarter alone. Brooks was 5-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point range in the quarter. The Grizzlies would go on to outscore the Cavaliers 38-20 in the third before taking a 92-76 lead into the final quarter of play. Memphis outshot Cleveland 68.4 percent (13-19 FG, 5-7 3P) to 34.8 percent (8-23 FG, 2-7 3P) in the third. The Cavaliers would not go away quietly as they used a 23-8 run to trim the Grizzlies’ lead to six (105-99) with 6:55 to go in the game. Cleveland would close the gap to as little as four points with 0:52 remaining before missing their final three shots of the night, as Memphis held on to improve to 5-0 on the homestand and 20-22 on the season.

Brooks totaled 26 points (9-16 FG, 4-7 3P) to go along with two rebounds and an assist to lead Memphis. Brooks has now connected on multiple three pointers in eight of the last nine games. Jonas Valanciunas tallied eight points, 18 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 32 minutes. Valanciunas tallied 13 of his 18 rebounds in the first half, tying the Grizzlies’ franchise record for rebounds in the first half. Ja Morant tallied 16 points (7-of-14 shooting), eight assists, five rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes of play. Brandon Clarke added 15 points, two rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes to lead the Grizzlies’ bench. Clarke has scored in double figures in 26 of his 36 appearances this season. Grayson Allen notched 11 points and two assists on 5-of-6 shooting.

The Cavaliers were led by Collin Sexton, who totaled 28 points (11-of-25 shooting) to go with six assists and four rebounds. Kevin Love tallied 19 points to go with nine rebounds and two assists, but Memphis limited Love to 0-of-6 from three-point range. Larry Nance Jr. added 16 points, six rebounds and two steals on 7-of-8 shooting. Alfonzo McKinnie collected a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Cleveland as the Cavs dropped to 12-30 on the season.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will look to extend their winning streak to a franchise record-tying eight games as they host the New Orleans Pelicans inside FedExForum on Monday, January 20 at 4 p.m. Fans that want to secure their seats to the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day game, presented by Ford and mid-south Ford dealers, can get their tickets at grizzlies.com/tickets. Fans can watch the game on FOX Sports Southeast or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Dillon Brooks totaled 26 points (9-16 FG, 4-7 3P). Brooks has now connected on multiple three pointers in eight of the last nine games. The Grizzlies are now a perfect 13-0 on the season when Brooks scores 20-plus points.
  • Jonas Valanciunas totaled eight points, 18 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 32 minutes. Valanciunas tallied 13 of his 18 rebounds in the first half, tying the Grizzlies’ franchise record for rebounds in the first half (shared with four other players).
  • Tonight marked Valanciunas’ fourth game totaling 15-or-more rebounds this season, leading the Grizzlies.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. totaled 10 points. With no three-point field goals tonight, Jackson Jr.’s 29-game streak with a three-pointer (second-longest streak in franchise history) and 13-game streak with multiple threes (tied for the longest streak in franchise history) came to an end. Jackson Jr.’s last game without a three-pointer made was on Nov. 15 vs. Utah.
  • Ja Morant tallied 16 points (7-of-14 shooting), eight assists, five rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes.
  • Brandon Clarke added 15 points in 25 minutes to lead the Grizzlies’ bench. Clarke has scored in double figures in 26 of his 36 appearances this season.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase 2019-20 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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