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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies rout Pistons for seventh straight victory

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • Memphis shot 49.0% overall while holding Detroit to 34.3% from the field. The Pistons were limited to 40.0% or below in all four quarters.

Key Runs of the Night

  • The Grizzlies led 62-46 at halftime and expanded their lead to 30 points with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter after forcing the Pistons to miss nine of their first 10 shots to begin the second half.
  • The teams were tied 8-8 early in the first quarter before Memphis scored 17 straight to take the lead for good.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies routed the Detroit Pistons, 118-88, to win their season-high seventh consecutive game.

Ja Morant recorded 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies while Dillon Brooks added in 18 points, three steals and two blocks in his return following a six-game absence while in health and safety protocols. Ziaire Williams impressed in this first career NBA start with a career-high 14 points and two steals on 5-for-8 shooting. Tyus Jones came off the bench with 14 points (6-7 FG), four rebounds and four assists.

Saben Lee paced the Pistons with 14 points and five assists. Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, tallied 12 points but was held to 6-of-19 shooting in his first game at FedExForum.

Memphis shot 49% from the field and poured in 70 points in the paint, the Grizzlies’ league-leading ninth game with at least 70 paint points, while holding Detroit to 34.3% shooting.

The Grizzlies sprinted out to an early lead thanks to a 17-0 run midway through the first quarter and led by 62-46 at halftime. Memphis then forced Detroit to miss nine of its first 10 shots to open the second half and built its lead to as many as 31 points in the final frame.

Memphis earned its 17th win in the last 21 games.

Next Game

The Grizzlies hit the road for the first leg of a Los Angeles back-to-back against the Clippers on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2:30 p.m. CT. Fans can watch at Bally Sports Southeast and listen live on ESPN 92.9 FM.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • Memphis has won seven straight games and will look to tie the single-season franchise record with an eighth straight victory Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Grizzlies begin a back-to-back in Los Angeles.
  • The Grizzlies have won 17 of their last 21 games dating back to Nov. 28, outscoring opponents by a league-leading 13.3 points per game over that span. Memphis’ 26-14 record represents the team’s best 40-game start since the 2014-15 season.
  • Memphis’ 30-point win established the franchise’s largest margin of victory ever in its overall series with Detroit (previous: 28 points in January 2014).
  • The Grizzlies outrebounded the Pistons 61-39, including a 43-29 advantage on the defensive glass.
  • Memphis, which leads the NBA in points in the paint (54.7), scored 70 in the paint tonight. It marked the Grizzlies’ league-high ninth game with 70+ paint points this season.
  • The Grizzlies improved to 18-2 this season when scoring 110+ points.
  • No Memphis player played more than 27 minutes, as the Grizzlies began a stretch of three games in four nights.

Player Notables

  • Ja Morant finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes. Morant recorded his fourth straight game with at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, which ties the second longest streak in franchise history (behind only his own six-game streak in November 2021).
  • Dillon Brooks scored 18 points in his first game following a six-game absence while in health and safety protocols.
  • Ziaire Williams, who made his first career start, set a new career high with 14 points, matching his previous personal best with 11 points in the first quarter.
  • Tyus Jones added 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench.
  • Steven Adams had two points to go with a game-high 14 rebounds. It marked Adams’ league-high 11th game with double-digit rebounds and single-digit rebounds.
  • Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, played his first game in Memphis and recorded 12 points, five rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes.
  • Saddiq Bey was held to three points on 1-of-9 shooting. Bey entered tonight averaging 23.6 points in his previous 10 games.

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