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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies fall to the Pelicans 118-109

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • After shooting 8-17 (.471) in the first half from behind the three point line, the Grizzlies shot 3-16 (.188) from deep in the second half and finished 13-39 (.333) on the game behind the arc.

Key Run of the Night

  • Trailing 17-23 with 3:56 left in the first quarter, Memphis closed out the frame on a 16-8 run to take a 33-31 lead.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies fall to the New Orleans Pelicans 118-109 on Saturday night inside Smoothie King Center.

Memphis got off to a slow start on the offensive end with the Pelicans jumping out to a 10-3 lead with (8:20) left in the first quarter. After starting 0-of-5, Memphis finished the quarter 7-of-8 from 3-point range. After missing five games, Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 of his 23 points in the opening period and gave Memphis a 33-31 lead to end the first. Both the Grizzlies (7-of-13) and Pelicans (5-of-10) shot 50 percent from 3-point range. The Grizzlies continued to build their led and went on a 22-8 run to start the second quarter and expand to a 49-39 lead with (6:17) remaining. Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 10 points in the quarter and after a 11-0 run brought New Orleans within one, 60-59 with (:22) left in the period. Memphis pulled and led 61-60 at the end of the first half.

The Grizzlies and Pelicans went back and forth to start the third quarter with neither team jumping out ahead. Zion Williamson led the Pelicans with 12 of his 29 points in the period. Memphis led by one at the end of the quarter, 91-90. Both teams finished the quarter with 30 points. Grizzlies started the fourth on a 11-2 run with (7:19) left in the game to take a 102-95 lead. Eric Bledsoe and his 11-point quarter propelled a 21-5 run with (:57) left. New Orleans continued to pick up their defensive intensity to end the game and pulled out ahead to beat the Grizzlies 118-109.

Valanciunas led the Grizzlies with 23 points (9-11 FG, 2-2 3P) and seven rebounds off the bench. Kyle Anderson finished the night with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Anderson surpassed his NBA career-high for 3-point makes in a season with 25 3PM in 18 games compared to 24 3PM in 67 games last season. Ja Morant contributed 16 points and nine assists. Eight different Grizzlies scored made a 3-pointer. Grizzlies bench outscored the Pelicans 50-21. The Grizzlies fall to 9-9 for the season.

Williamson led all players with 29 points, four rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Ingram added 27 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 4 blocks. Bledsoe finished with 21 points (4-9 3P), four rebounds and five assists. Lonzo Ball went 4-of-6 from 3-point ranged and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The Pelicans set a new season-high with nine blocks. With a third straight win, New Orleans moves to 10-12 on the season.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will travel back Memphis and face the Toronto Raptors on Monday, Feb. 8, at 7:00 p.m. inside FedExForum. Fans can watch the game on FOX Sports Southeast or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • In his first game back after five games missed due to health and safety protocols, Jonas Valančiūnas scored 23 points, one short of his season high of 24, and brought down seven rebounds, including scoring 13 points and bringing down five rebounds in the first quarter.
  • Kyle Anderson scored 21 points on 8-13 (.615) shooting from the field. It was Anderson’s third 20+ point game this season. He also matched a season-high with two blocks.
  • Ja Morant scored 16 points and tallied nine assists on 5-14 (.357) shooting from the field.
  • Tyus Jones set a new career high with seven rebounds.

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