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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies fall to Bucks in final seconds 112-111

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • Entering tonight, games involving either the Grizzlies or Bucks were being decided by nearly 15 points per game, win or lose (Memphis, 14.9 points; Milwaukee, 14.8 points).
  • The Grizzlies snapped an NBA-record tying streak of 18 consecutive games in which the final margin was at least nine points.
  • Memphis played its first game decided by three points or less since Jan. 16 vs. Philadelphia. Milwaukee’s last game decided by three or fewer was on Feb. 10 at Phoenix.

Key Run of the Night

  • The game featured five lead changes and one tie in the final 40 seconds. Jrue Holiday made an 11-foot step back jump shot with 2.0 seconds on the clock, answering Ja Morant’s layup that came with 7.3 seconds remaining.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies came up just short of a statement win against the Milwaukee Bucks, falling 112-111 on Thursday at FedExForum.

Ja Morant took over the second half to spark a furious comeback and finish with 35 points, six rebounds and five assists, making him the first Grizzlies player ever to score at least 35 points in consecutive games. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points with a season-high seven assists while Jonas Valanciunas notched his 20th double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo went for 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and Khris Middleton tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds. Pat Connaughton and Jrue Holiday both added 15 points off the bench with Holiday knocking down the game-winner with 2.0 seconds remaining.

A slow offensive start had Grizzlies down early as the Bucks showed off active hands on defense and excellent 3-point shooting in the first quarter. The Bucks shot 50 percent from beyond the arc in the opening 12 minutes as Antetokounmpo racked up seven points, three rebounds and four assists.

The Grizzlies’ offense came to life through Brooks in the second quarter, but the team still had no answer for the Bucks defensively. A fast break alley-oop from Morant to Winslow brought the game within single digits with two minutes left in the half. The Grizzles trailed 61-51 going into the locker with Brooks scoring 15 points in the half. Antetokounmpo lead the Bucks with 14 points.

Morant’s 16 third-quarter points led the Grizzlies as they came storming back with a 19-8 run. The Grizzlies went back to their bread and butter, attacking the rim and finishing through contact to bring the game to an 84-84 tie after three quarters.

The Grizzlies held a tight lead throughout the fourth quarter by keeping Antetokounmpo mostly in check while leaning on the late-game impact of an attacking Morant. The teams went back and forth with five lead changes in the final minute, but a mid-range jumper from Jrue Holiday to take the lead and a missed chance to win it at the buzzer for Desmond Bane was the difference.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will come back after the All-Star break to tip off the Second Half of the regular season against Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. CT at FedExForum.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Ja Morant recorded 35 points, six rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes.
  • Morant (who had 35 points, five rebounds and 10 assists on March 2 at Washington) averaged 35.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists in his final two games of the First Half of the 2020-21 season.
  • Morant became the first player in franchise history to score 35+ points in consecutive games.
  • Morant is the first Grizzlies player to score 35+ points in consecutive games since Marc Gasol did so in a franchise-record three straight contests from Jan. 21-27, 2017. Morant is one of 13 players in NBA history to record 35+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists in consecutive games within his first two NBA seasons. The other 12 (in chronological order) are Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Earl Monroe, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Bernard King, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young and Luka Dončić.
  • Morant scored all 35 of his points in the final three quarters after being held scoreless in the opening period.
  • Morant had 28 points in the second half, including 16 points in the third quarter.
  • Dillon Brooks added 23 points and a season-high seven assists to go with three steals and three blocks. Brooks entered the game averaging 21.3 points for his career against the Bucks, his highest scoring average against any single opponent.
  • Jonas Valanciunas posted his 20th double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Justise Winslow grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds off the bench.

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