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MEMvHOU: Grind City Rewind 3.20.19

Grind City Media’s Alexis Morgan and Lang Whitaker break down the Grizzlies victory over the Rockets.

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MEMvHOU: Grind City Rewind 3.20.19

Grind City Media’s Alexis Morgan and Lang Whitaker break down the Grizzlies victory over the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  01:02

MEMvHOU: Grizzmo 3.20.19

Take a closer look at key moments in the Grizzlies’ win against the Rockets in Memphis.
Mar 20, 2019  |  01:00

MEMvHOU: Postgame press conference 3.20.19

Grizzlies Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff speaks with the media following the Grizzlies 126-125 win over the Rockets on Wednesday night at FedExForum.
Mar 20, 2019  |  09:08

MEMvHOU: Tyler Dorsey postgame 3.20.19

Watch Tyler Dorsey’s speech following the Grizzlies win over the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  02:08

MEMvHOU: Delon Wright postgame 3.20.19

Hear from Delon Wright as he speaks with the media after Wednesday’s victory over the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  01:18

MEMvHOU: Mike Conley postgame 3.20.19

Hear what Grizzlies guard Mike Conley had to say to reporters following Wednesday’s victory over the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  03:56

Grizzlies vs. Rockets highlights 3.20.19

Watch the key moments of Wednesday night’s game at FedExForum.
Mar 20, 2019  |  02:00

MEMvHOU: Jonas Valanciunas walkoff interview 3.20.19

Find out what Jonas Valanciunas had to say after the Grizzlies win against the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  01:06

Mike Conley 35 points vs. Rockets 3.20.19

Mike Conley scores a team-high 35 points Wednesday night against the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  01:19

Jonas Valanciunas 33 points vs. Rockets 3.20.19

Jonas Valanciunas scores 33 points in a win over the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  01:15

Conley shows off his range

Mike Conley hits from downtown during the team’s matchup against the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:12

Noah spins and slams it home

Joakim Noah spins away from coverage and gets the bank shot.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:11

Holiday dunks on Rockets

Jonas Valanciunas and Justin Holiday connect for the slam dunk.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:11

Parsons sinks it from downtown

Chandler Parsons fires a deep three from beyond downtown.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:12

Valanciunas hits the fadeaway

Check out Jonas Valanciunas’ nice fadeaway over the Rockets.
Mar 20, 2019  |  00:11

MEMvHOU: Game Day Live 3.20.19

Watch Chris Vernon, Jon Roser and Devon Walker along with Alexis Morgan discuss everything you need to know about tonight’s matchup before heading to FedExForum. Game Day Live is presented by Uber.
Mar 20, 2019  |  06:40

MEMvHOU: MikeCheck Minute 3.20.19

Grind City Media’s Michael Wallace previews tonight’s game against the Rockets at FedExForum.
Mar 20, 2019  |  01:10

Postgame Report: Memphis Holds off Houston to Win Heart-Stopper in OT, 126-125

by Memphis Grizzlies

Game Recap

Jonas Valanciunas set his career high in scoring with a game-winning free throw with 0.1 seconds left to help the Memphis Grizzlies stave off the Houston Rockets, 126-125, in overtime on Wednesday night at FedExForum. The Grizzlies improved to 29-42 on the season and 19-17 at home. The Rockets dropped to 45-27 on the year and are now 19-17 on the road.

Valanciunas finished with a career-best 33 points to go with a season-high 15 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season. Mike Conley led Memphis with 35 points and a team-high eight assists, tying a career high with his sixth straight game with at least 20 points. Valanciunas is averaging 19.1 points and 8.3 boards in 13 games with Memphis, while Conley moved within 30 points of surpassing Marc Gasol to reclaim the top spot on the Grizzlies’ all-time scoring leaderboard.

James Harden totaled 57 points and handed out a team-high eight assists for Houston. Harden averaged 47.3 points per game in four contests against the Grizzlies, helping the Rockets win the season series (3-1) for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

In overtime, Harden made a running layup at the 3:24 mark, giving the Rockets their first lead of the game. Memphis proceeded to take back the lead with a 7-0 run over the next 2:27 (3:10 to :43), highlighted by a Chandler Parsons three on the wing with 54 seconds left in the extra period, to go back on top 123-117. Harden wouldn’t let Houston go away, as he drilled a 27-footer, stole the ball, and made an open layup in a span of 10 seconds to tie things up at 125 apiece with 15 seconds left. With Memphis holding on for one shot, Conley dribbled the clock down until four seconds remained, cut into the lane and missed a floater. However, Valanciunas was fouled on his rebound attempt with just 0.1 left, sending him to the line. Valanciunas canned the first and then intentionally missed the second to force contact with the ball, running the clock out to end the game.

Harden scored all 10 of Houston’s points in overtime, but the Grizzlies turned three offensive rebounds into a 3-0 advantage in second chance points to protect the victory.

Bruno Caboclo added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, who were without five rotation players due to injury. Caboclo has now scored in double-digits four times this season. Parsons came off the bench to add 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Parsons is averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals as a reserve in his last two games.

Memphis finished the game shooting 41-for-89 (.461) from the field and 13-for-37 (.351) from three-point range. Houston was slightly worse overall, going 42-for-94 (.447) in the game, but made 21-of-48 (.438) threes, the most three-pointers made by a Grizzlies opponent this season. The Grizzlies won inside, outrebounding the Rockets 50-39 and outscoring them 54-36 in the paint. Houston’s defense, which entered the night ranked fifth in the NBA in steals (8.6 spg), forced Memphis into 17 turnovers while committing 14 of their own, and outscored the Grizzlies 23-17 in points off the giveaways. The Rockets were a perfect 20-for-20 at the free throw line while the Grizzlies finished 31-for-39 (.795).

Chris Paul flirted with a triple-double, scoring 18 points while logging seven boards and seven assists for Houston. Paul scored 16 of his 18 points during the second half. Clint Capela recorded his 38th double-double of the year by finishing with 14 points and 10 boards. Capela is currently 11th in the NBA in double-doubles.

The Rockets surged back into the game late in the fourth quarter, going on a 17-2 run from 6:40 to 2:29 (4:11 run) to trim the Grizzlies lead to 106-104. With 1:24 left, Paul buried a corner three to make it 110-107. Conley would respond with a floater at the 1:00 mark, but P.J. Tucker connected on a corner three of his own to make it 112-110. Houston was forced to foul Caboclo, who made 1-of-2 with 20 seconds left, but Capela knocked down a pair with :07 left, cutting the Memphis lead to 113-112. After a Grizzlies timeout, the Rockets fouled Justin Holiday with five seconds remaining, who entered the night shooting 89.2 percent at the charity stripe. Holiday nailed both to go up 115-112, but then fouled Harden on a three-point attempt with four ticks left. Harden drained all three free throws, sending the game to overtime. Harden caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 points (4-5 3P) to carry Houston. The Grizzlies missed all eight three-pointers in the fourth quarter, while the Rockets went 9-for-16 (.563).

The Grizzlies defense ramped up the intensity after halftime, scoring 11 points off of seven Rockets turnovers in the third quarter. The Grizzlies went on an 8-0 run midway through the third from 5:41 to 4:28 (1:13 span) to extend their lead to 89-72. Memphis outscored Houston 18-6 in the paint - and made all seven free throws - to take a 97-78 lead into the final frame, their largest lead of the night.

Memphis made over half their shots in the first half, shooting 19-for-36 (.528) from the field and 8-for-19 (.421) from three-point range. Houston went 18-for-44 (.409) in the half and 7-for-20 (.350) from long distance. The Grizzlies owned the boards, outrebounding the Rockets 24-15 in the half and outscoring them 11-7 on points in the paint. Harden had 25 points for Houston at the break, while Conley dropped 21 for Memphis.

Memphis didn’t miss much in the opening quarter, thanks in large part to Conley (4-4 3P) and Valanciunas (4-4 FG), who scored a combined 26 points in the period. The Grizzlies overall went 14-for-19 (7-12 3P) from the floor, their best first-quarter shooting performance so far this season, while the Rockets shot 9-for-22 (4-9 3P). The Grizzlies closed the quarter with a 9-2 run over the last 3:11, which included Parsons swishing a 31-foot heave as the shot clock expired at the 1:17 mark, and Conley hitting a floater in the lane with 0.5 seconds left, to give the Grizzlies a 38-25 lead after one.

This marked the first time since the 2012-13 season that the teams did not split the season series (Grizzlies won 3-1).

Next Game

The Grizzlies will look to sweep the season series over the Orlando Magic on Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. CT in the Amway Center. Tune in to FOX Sports Southeast presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN to follow the action.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Mike Conley led Memphis with 35 points and a team-high eight assists. Conley has now scored at least 20 points six-straight games, and is now 30 points away from surpassing Marc Gasol as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.
  • Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-high 33 points while pulling down a season-high 14 rebounds, giving him his 11th double-double of the season. Valanciunas is averaging 19.1 points and 8.3 boards in 13 games with Memphis.
  • Bruno Caboclo added 15 points and seven rebounds. Caboclo has now scored in double-digits four times this season.
  • Chandler Parsons came off the bench to add 11 points, six rebounds and three steals. Parsons is averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals as a reserve in his last two games.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase tickets to the Grizzlies’ remaining contests may do so now 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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