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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies find their groove early in 127-92 victory over Pistons

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies forced the Pistons into 23 turnovers, resulting in 27 points for Memphis on the other end, while only allowing 12 points off turnovers for Detroit.
  • Memphis was excellent at forcing turnovers and scoring off those miscues last season… Memphis ranked inside the NBA Top 10 in points off turnovers (18.5, 3rd), percentage of total scoring off turnovers (16.3%, 5th) and opponent turnover percentage (14.6%, 7th).

Key Run of the Night

  • The Grizzlies opened the second quarter with a dominant 23-9 run in the second quarter. It was highlighted by a two-handed jam from Ja Morant to pull away from the Pistons, and take a commanding 70-46 lead into the half. Morant had 10 points in the second quarter and totaled 18 the first half. The Grizzlies outscored the Pistons 36-19 in the second quarter.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies added another convincing win to their 2021 preseason resume with a 127-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons Monday night at FedExForum.

Ja Morant continued his scintillating preseason with 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting to go with five assists in 26 minutes. Jaren Jackson Jr. added a preseason-high 20 points and eight rebounds, and De’Anthony Melton continued his strong preseason with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Tyus Jones added 15 points off the bench.

Desmond Bane and Morant hit back-to-back 3-pointers to launch a 19-7 run in the first quarter and take control early. The Grizzlies led the Pistons 34-27 at the end of the first quarter, shooting 15-of-17 from the free throw line.

The Grizzlies opened the second quarter with a dominant 23-9 run in the second quarter topped off with a two-handed jam from Morant to pull away from the Pistons and take a 70-46 lead at halftime. Morant had 18 at halftime.

The Grizzlies keep their foot on the gas throughout the second half, finishing the game with a 28-11 advantage in fast break points and pushing their lead to as many as 39 points in the fourth quarter.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will hit the road to face the Indiana Pacers in their fifth preseason game on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. CT. Fans can tune in to Bally Sports Southeast or listen live on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • The Memphis Grizzlies finished their preseason home schedule against the Pistons on Monday... Memphis will finish its preseason slate with two games on the road against Central Division opponents: Oct. 13 at Indiana and Oct. 15 at Chicago.
  • Memphis Grizzlies players donned pink shoes, laces and bracelets tonight in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
  • The Grizzlies and Pistons split the 2020-21 season series, 1-1, with the home team winning each game.
  • On this day in Grizzlies history (Oct. 11, 2007), the Grizzlies played MMT Estudiantes during EA Sports 2007 NBA Europe Live Tour at the Palacio de Deportes de la Communidad de Madrid in a preseason exhibition. The team wore jerseys with red-and-yellow piping in homage to the Spanish flag. Memphis' Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro and the Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon and Jorge Garbajosa were honored at the end of the game.
  • The Grizzlies out rebounded the Pistons 65-42, led by nine from Steven Adams. Memphis capitalized on the boards by outscoring Detroit 21-9 in second chance points.

Player Notables

  • Ja Morant continued his stellar preseason play with 24 points (10-13 FG) in 26 minutes to go with five assists, two rebounds and one steal. Morant helped spark the decisive run with 10 points in the second quarter.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points (7-14 FG, 3-6 3P) and eight rebounds to go with two steals.
  • De’Anthony Melton continued his strong preseason with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
  • Tyus Jones poured in 15 points and three rebounds in 14 minutes of play off the bench.
  • Brandon Clarke notched 10 points and five rebounds.
  • Jerami Grant led Detroit with 13 points, three assists and one rebound in 23 minutes.

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