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Memphis Grizzlies Postgame Report
Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies begin four-game road trip with win over Clippers

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Key Stat of the Night

  • Morant finished with 28 points (10-19 FG, 2-7 3P) to go with eight assists and two rebounds in 35 minutes of action.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Grizzlies came out of the gate strong in the second half, knocking down 60.9% of their shots in the third quarter. Memphis exploded for a 28-9 run to take control of the game at 89-73 with 4:42 to play in the third quarter.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies knocked off the L.A. Clippers 120-114 on Saturday night inside Staples Center. The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before an explosive third quarter that turned the momentum in their favor. The game was still in doubt down to the final minute, but Desmond Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. connected on clutch baskets to fend off the Los Angeles comeback bid.

Paul George got the scoring going early and often for the Clippers, tallying 10 first-quarter points to help Los Angles to a 34-25 lead after 12 minutes. After shooting 50% from three in the opening period, the Clippers connected on just 12.5% from three in the second quarter, allowing Memphis to trim the lead to three points (62-59) heading into the halftime break. Ja Morant led the scoring for Memphis in the first half with 15 points and six assists on 5-of-10 shooting.

The Grizzlies came out of the gate strong in the second half, knocking down 60.9% of their shots in the third quarter. Memphis exploded for a 28-9 run to take control of the game at 89-73 with 4:42 to play in the third quarter. George scored 17 of his 41 points in the third quarter alone, but Memphis still carried an eight-point lead into the final quarter. The Clippers cut the Grizzlies’ lead to just two points at 114-112 following a 3-pointer from George with 1:14 to play. However, Bane and Jackson connected on back-to-back baskets to run Memphis’ lead back to five points and put the game out of reach.

Morant finished with 28 points (10-19 FG, 2-7 3P) to go with eight assists and two rebounds in 35 minutes of action. De'Anthony Melton totaled 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists on 9-of-16 shooting. Jackson Jr. tallied 21 points, seven rebounds, one steal and a block in 31 minutes. Bane and Steven Adams added 19 points and 17 points, respectively as Memphis moved to 2-0.

George led Los Angeles with 41 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 15-of-25 shooting. Reggie Jackson added 17 points, two assists and one steal. Eric Bledsoe finished with 12 points (3-11 FG) as the Clippers fell to 0-2.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will return to Staples Center tomorrow night when they meet the Lakers at 8:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. on Bally Sports South. Fans can also listen to the play-by-play with Eric Hasseltine on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Ja Morant finished with 28 points (10-19 FG, 2-7 3P) to go with eight assists and two rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
  • De'Anthony Melton totaled 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists on 9-of-16 shooting.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. tallied 21 points, seven rebound, one steal and a block in 31 minutes.
  • Desmond Bane and Steven Adams added 19 points and 17 points.

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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