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Postgame Report: Grizzlies outrun Clippers in 122-94 win

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies scored 72 points in the paint after entering tonight tied for the league lead in the category (54.0). Memphis scored 42 paint points by halftime, extending its streak of scoring 40+ points in the paint to 76 straight games, the longest streak on record since the NBA started tracking play-by-play data in 1996-97.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Grizzlies scored the final eight points of the first half as part of a 10-2 run that broke a 51-51 tie and gave Memphis a 61-53 halftime lead. Ja Morant made two layups to bookend assists on consecutive 3-pointers by Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Anderson. The Clippers never regained the lead in the second half while Memphis extended the margin to as many as 30 points late in the fourth quarter.

Game Recap

Tyus Jones turned in a career night as Memphis continued showcasing its depth in a 122-94 victory over Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

Jones was the spark off the bench for the Grizzlies as he set a new career high with 20 points in 15 minutes, becoming the 10th different player to lead the Grizzlies in scoring this season, a number that leads the NBA. Jones, who became the first player in franchise history to score at least 20 points in no more than 15 minutes of playing time, shot 9-for-11 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

Jonas Valanciunas recorded a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds and Ja Morant added 16 points and seven rebounds. Dillon Brooks scored 19 points in his return to the lineup after he was sidelined the previous three games with right thigh soreness.

The Grizzlies wasted no time working the paint in the first quarter. Morant and company fed the big man Valanciunas early and often resulting in seven points and four rebounds to lead Memphis in the opening period. Memphis scored 42 paint points in the first half and 72 for the game, extending its streak of at least 40 points in the paint to 76 games, the longest streak on record since the NBA began tracking play-by-play data in 1996-97.

Normally a stellar 3-point shooting team, the Clippers did most of their damage on the drive. Long-range shooting was held in check until the Clippers lit it up at the end of the first quarter to grab a three-point lead.

Jones led the reserve lineup to a fast offensive start in the second quarter, making six of his first seven shots and distributing to create scores for Xavier Tillman Jr. and Brandon Clarke. The Grizzlies’ went on a second quarter run sparked by a high-flying, fast break alley-oop from Grayson Allen to Morant, but All Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George made sure the lead went nowhere until back-to-back threes from Valanciunas and Kyle Anderson put the Grizzlies up 61-53 at halftime.

The Grizzlies controlled the third quarter with a 14-4 run and 16 points in the paint. Jones came back with the hot hand in the second half to add to his career-best total. The Clippers went cold shooting in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies continued to dominate the paint on their way to a 30-9 run in the final quarter to win 122-94. The 28-point win represented the Grizzlies’ largest margin of victory ever over the Clippers.

Leonard led the Clippers with 17 points while George was held to 13 points. The Clippers moved to 23-11 with the loss and dropped to 11-5 on the road.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will meet the Clippers at FedExForum again on Friday night for the second half of the two-game series at 7 p.m. CT.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Tyus Jones was the spark off the bench for the Grizzlies as he set a new career high with 20 points in 15 minutes.
  • Jonas Valanciunas recorded a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
  • Ja Morant added 16 points and seven rebounds.
  • Dillon Brooks scored 19 points.

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