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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Grizzlies survive short-handed Kings, win 116-110 for fourth-straight victory

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies improved to a season-high four games above .500 with tonight’s 116-110 win over the Sacramento Kings. Memphis has guaranteed itself a winning record for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Grizzlies led by as many as eight points in the third quarter, forcing the Kings to play catch up until they outscored the Grizzlies 19-7 to open the fourth quarter. After falling behind 110-104 following a Buddy Hield step-back jumper, Jonas Valanciunas and Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies to an 11-0 run in the final 3:07 of play to boost the Grizzlies to their fourth consecutive win.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies used a late fourth quarter rally to close out the Sacramento Kings 116-110 at FedExForum on Thursday night.

Dillon Brooks provided a steady stream of offense, finishing with 30 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Jonas Valanciunas was key to the late-game push on both ends with 24 points and 13 rebounds while Kyle Anderson tied his career-high with nine assists to go with 14 points and five rebounds. Ja Morant tallied 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 12 points with six rebounds and two blocks in his second start at FedExForum this season.

Justin James came off the bench and poured in a career-high 31 points. Buddy Hield scored 16 points with six assists and four rebounds.

Valanciunas went right to work in the first quarter, putting up eight points, four rebounds and one block in the first five minutes of the game. The Kings were able to match the Grizzlies' inside attack by going 7-for-11 from the 3-points line. Memphis led 36-32 at the end of the first.

The Kings opened the second quarter with a 17-5 run, but Brooks' 11 points in the quarter helped the Grizzlies stay within striking distance with a 60-59 score at halftime. Brooks led all scorers with 17 while Justin James had 16 points from the bench.

The Grizzlies held the lead throughout the second half until a 19-7 run to start the fourth quarter put the Kings ahead. The Grizzlies rallied with the final two minutes with an 11-0 run in the final two minutes featuring buckets from Valanciunas and Brooks to earn the victory.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will finish the mini series against the Sacramento Kings at FedExForum on Friday night at 8 p.m. CT. Fans can tune in to Bally Sports South or listen live on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Team Notes

  • The Memphis Grizzlies conclude their league-leading 11th back-to-back in the Second Half of the season against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, May 14. The Grizzlies then will wrap up their regular season slate on May 16 on the road against the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors with a potential tiebreaker on the line.
  • Memphis won their fourth consecutive game, tying their longest streak of the second half of the season. (April 4-7) The Grizzlies tied their season-high with their third straight home win.
  • The Grizzlies assisted on 30 made baskets for the second straight game, as seven players recorded multiple assists. Memphis owns a 22-3 record when tallying 30+ assists
  • In the first three quarters the Grizzlies turned the ball over 16 times, leading to 19 points off turnovers for the Kings. In the fourth quarter, Memphis turned the ball over only twice and allowed zero points off turnovers.
  • The Grizzlies improved to 19-3 on the season when shooting over 50 percent from the floor.
  • The Grizzlies will have a chance to finish with a .500 home record with their matchup against the Kings on Friday night.

Player Notes

  • Jonas Valanciunas was key to the late-game push on both ends with 24 points and 13 rebounds… Valanciunas tallied his 49th double-double of the season in 61 games played, the third most in the NBA behind Nikola Jokic and Russell Westbrook.
  • Valanciunas has secured the highest double-double rate (.803) in a single-season in Grizzlies franchise history, which was previously held by Zach Randolph (.707 in 2010-11).
  • Dillon Brooks provided a steady stream of offense, finishing with 30 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Tonight was Brooks’ second 30-point game of the season (April 16 vs. CHI). The Grizzlies are 37-14 in the past two season when Brooks scores 20+ points.
  • Kyle Anderson tied his career-high with nine assists to go with 14 points and five rebounds. Anderson was one assist shy of his fourth double-double of the season.
  • Ja Morant tallied 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 38 minutes.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 12 points with six rebounds and two blocks in his second start at FedExForum this season.
  • Justin James put up a career-high 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting off the bench for the Kings. His previous high was 16 points.

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