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Postgame Report: Grizzlies stall in fourth quarter, fall to Toronto 128 - 113

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Raptors outscored the Grizzlies 65-43 in the second half, including a 34-16 margin in the fourth quarter. Memphis shot 7-of-24 from the field (1-12 3P) and 1-of-2 from the free throw line in the final frame while Toronto shot 10-of-14 overall (4-5 3P) and 10-for-10 from the foul line.
  • Memphis scored 70 points before halftime, a season high in scoring for any half. The last time the Grizzlies scored 70+ points before halftime was on Dec. 16, 2019 vs. Miami (73 points).

Key Run of the Night

  • Toronto opened the fourth quarter on a 19-3 run to take a 113-100 advantage with 7:40 left in the game, the Raptors’ first lead of the second half. Memphis could not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies fell to the Toronto Raptors, 128-113, Monday inside FedExForum.

The Raptors jumped out to an early 11-4 lead over the Grizzlies with (8:53) left in the first. The Grizzlies first quarter run, led by Ja Morant (eight points and four assists) and Grayson Allen (3-of-4 from 3-point range), helped Memphis gain their first lead of the night, 25-24, with (3:50) left in the quarter. Toronto led after one, 35-34. Memphis shot 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range.

Jonas Valanciunas led the charge for the Grizzlies in the second quarter with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Pascal Siakam had 11 points in the quarter, but it was not enough to stop the Grizzlies from going on a 10-0 run to take a 63-59 lead with (2:03) left in the half. Memphis scored 36 points in the second period and led Toronto 70-63 at the half. In his first start of the season, Desmond Bane finished the first half connecting on a career-high three 3-pointers. The Grizzlies 70 points in the first half, was a season-high for any half this season. Valanciunas became the first player in franchise history to record 18 points and 14 rebounds in a single half.

Toronto shot 55.0 percent from the field and outscored the Grizzlies 31-27 in the third period. Fred VanVleet added 12 points in the quarter. The Grizzlies hung onto a 97-94 lead going into the fourth. The Raptors offense continued to roll as they entered the fourth quarter on a 27-5 run with (7:40) remaining and pulled out to a 13-point lead, 113-100. VanVleet (10 points) and Siakam (12 points) both contributed a second double-digit quarter of the game. The Grizzlies struggled on the offensive end of the fourth and were outscored 34-16 in the fourth. The Raptors beat the Grizzlies 128-113.

Valanciunas led the Grizzlies with a season-high 27 points and season-high 20 rebounds in his first game back in the starting line-up. Morant finished the game with 18 and nine assists. Dillon Brooks added 22 points and five rebounds. Bane (13 points) and Allen (12 points) each finished with a career-high three 3-pointers. Kyle Anderson contributed 15 points, four rebounds and four assists. Grizzlies finished with a season-high 19 offensive rebounds. The Grizzlies fall to 9-10.

Siakam and VanVleet led all scorers with 32 points each. Siakam hit a season-high five 3-pointers (5-of-8). Powell finished the game with a season-high 29 points and made a season-high six 3-pointers (6-of-9). Chris Boucher contributed 12 points and season-high 10 rebounds off the bench. The Raptors finished the game shooting 54.1 percent from 3-point range (20-of-37). Toronto moves to 11-13 on the season.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will play the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday, February 10 inside FedExForum. Fans can watch the game on FOX Sports Southeast or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Jonas Valanciunas posted season highs with 27 points (8-12 FG, 11-12 FT) and 20 rebounds (10 offensive) for his 10th double-double of the season.
  • Ja Morant had 18 points and a team-high nine assists.
  • Desmond Bane tallied 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-7 3P) in 26 minutes in his first career start. Bane entered the game ranked fifth in the NBA and first among rookies in 3-point field goal percentage (.486).

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