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MEMvUTA: Grind City Rewind 3.8.19

Grind City Media's Lang Whitaker and Alexis Morgan break down tonight’s home victory over the Utah Jazz at FedExForum.

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MEMvUTA: Grind City Rewind 3.8.19

Grind City Media's Lang Whitaker and Alexis Morgan break down tonight’s home victory over the Utah Jazz at FedExForum.
Mar 8, 2019  |  00:52

MEMvUTA: Postgame press conference 3.8.19

Hear what Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff had to say immediately following the Grizzlies’ 114-104 victory over the Jazz on Friday at FedExForum.
Mar 8, 2019  |  03:22

MEMvUTA: Delon Wright postgame 3.8.19

Watch Delon Wright’s speech following the Grizzlies win over the Jazz.
Mar 8, 2019  |  01:15

MEMvUTA: Jonas Valanciunas postgame 3.8.19

Jonas Valanciunas speaks with the media after the Grizzlies beat the Jazz in Memphis.
Mar 8, 2019  |  02:38

MEMvUTA: Mike Conley postgame 3.8.19

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley addressed the media following Friday’s victory over the Jazz.
Mar 8, 2019  |  03:26

Grizzlies vs. Jazz highlights 3.8.19

Watch highlights of the Grizzlies matchup against the Jazz in Memphis on Friday.
Mar 8, 2019  |  02:02

MEMvUTA: Mike Conley walkoff interview 3.8.19

Rob Fischer chats with Mike Conley right after their win against the Jazz.
Mar 8, 2019  |  01:35

Mike Conley 28 points vs. Jazz 3.8.19

Mike Conley nets a team high 28 points and 11 assists double-double in the 114-104 home win over the Utah Jazz.
Mar 8, 2019  |  02:01

Avery Bradley reaches in and breaks free

Watch Avery Bradley knock it away with Wright behind to finish.
Mar 8, 2019  |  00:11

Bruno Caboclo snipes it in from the corner

Watch as Bruno Caboclo sneaks away into the corner and fires away from way outside.
Mar 8, 2019  |  00:11

Wright Drops Between-the-Legs Assist to JV

Watch as Delon Wright hits Jonas Valanciunas with a crisp nutmeg assist.
Mar 8, 2019  |  00:13

Chandler Parsons banks it in at the buzzer

Watch Chandler Parsons put a quick three as time expires.
Mar 8, 2019  |  00:17

Jonas Valanciunas thunderous slam

Watch Jonas Valanciunas bust into the paint and pound the iron.
Mar 8, 2019  |  00:10

Justin Holiday plays both ends of the court

Watch as Justin Holiday makes a block and races down court for a quick three.
Mar 8, 2019  |  00:16

MEMvUTA: Game Day Live 3.8.19

Watch Chris Vernon, Jon Roser and Michael Wallace discuss everything you need to know about tonight's matchup before heading to FedExForum. Game Day Live is presented by Uber.
Mar 8, 2019  |  07:26

3.8.19 Jaren Jackson Jr. media availability

Grizzlies forward-center Jaren Jackson Jr. addressed the media on Friday.
Mar 8, 2019  |  03:50

3.8.19 Dillon Brooks media availability

Grizzlies guard-forward Dillon Brooks speaks with reporters as the Grizzlies prepare for their home game against the Jazz.
Mar 8, 2019  |  06:05

3.8.19 J.B. Bickerstaff media availability

Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff talks to the media heading into tonight’s game against the Jazz at FedExForum.
Mar 8, 2019  |  03:39

Postgame Report: Strong Second Half Helps Grizzlies Get Past Jazz, 114-104

by Memphis Grizzlies

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies led for the entire second half in earning a second consecutive victory, 114-104, over the Utah Jazz on Friday night at FedExForum. The Grizzlies improved to 27-40 on the season and 17-17 at home. The Jazz fell to 37-28 on the year and are now 16-17 on the road. Memphis won the season series 3-1, with tonight representing the lone victory by the home team in the series.

After a tightly-contested first half, Memphis pulled away in the second, going 22-for-45 (.489) from the floor and 4-of-12 (.333) from three-point range in the half while Utah shot 17-for-43 (.395) overall and 7-for-21 (.333) from beyond the arc.

Mike Conley logged his ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 28 points and 11 assists. Conley now has seven games with at least 20 points and 10 assists this year, his most in a single season (he previously had six such games in 2016-17). Conley scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, and his 11 assists tied a season high. Jonas Valanciunas added a season-high 27 points on 12-of-17 (.706) shooting while grabbing seven rebounds. Valanciunas’ previous season-high was 26 points on Dec. 5 vs. Philadelphia as a member of the Toronto Raptors. The 7-0 center is now averaging 19.2 points in his nine games with Memphis. Ivan Rabb came off the bench to supply 15 points and six boards. Rabb has now reached double-digits in eight games this season. In his first start since Feb. 4, 2017, Joakim Noah pulled in a team-high eight rebounds while scoring seven points and handing out four assists.

The Grizzlies shot over 50 percent in the game, finishing 46-for-90 (.511) overall and 9-for-22 (.409) from beyond the arc. Memphis is now 9-4 this season when making at least half their shots. The Grizzlies have now shot at least 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three in two-straight games. The Jazz shot 35-for-82 (.427) overall, and 18-for-48 (.375) from deep, setting a season-high for three-point attempts, and tying the most three-point attempts by a Grizzlies opponent (also happened at Houston on Jan. 14). The Grizzlies owned the advantage down low, outscoring the Jazz 60-34 in the paint. Utah entered the night ranked ninth in opponent paint scoring (47.3 ppg), while Memphis was second (41.8). The Jazz did block 10 shots in the game however, the most by a Grizzlies opponent this year. Utah now has seven games with 10-or-more blocks.

Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 38 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter, to go with five assists. Mitchell has dropped 38 points three times this year, which is his second-highest total of the season. Joe Ingles added 14 points and a team-high seven assists. Kyle Korver added 13 points off the bench. Jae Crowder also came off the bench to record his third double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Royce O’Neale rounded out the Jazz scoring with 10 points.

The Grizzlies finished strong in the fourth quarter, shooting 13-for-22 (.591) from the floor. Utah shot a solid 8-for-19 (.421) in the quarter and made just 2-of-8 (.250) three-pointers. With Memphis leading by only four (95-91) with 6:34 left, Valanciunas scored three-straight baskets for the Grizzlies to bring the lead back to double-digits at 101-91. Conley dropped 13 points (5-6 FG) in the quarter to help Memphis close out the game.

Both teams made defensive adjustments coming out of halftime, as Memphis shot 9-for-23 (.391) from the floor and Utah went 9-for-24 (.375) in the third quarter. The Grizzlies opened the third with a 9-0 run to push their lead to 69-53, giving them their largest of the game (16), one they wouldn’t surrender for the rest of the game. Memphis made 4-of-7 triples (.571) to carry an 88-81 lead into the final frame.

The two offenses contrasted each other in the first half, with Memphis pounding the ball inside to outscore Utah 34-14 in the paint and outrebounding them 23-15, and the Jazz focusing on the three, shooting 11-for-27 (.407) from long range in the half. The Grizzlies were efficient from distance as well, making 5-of-10 (.500) triples in the half. Both teams had nine free throw attempts in the half, with Utah hitting six and Memphis making seven.

The Jazz shot the three almost exclusively in the opening quarter, going 5-for-14 (.357) from three-point range. Utah only shot five times from inside the arc in the period, making two. Memphis moved the ball well, assisting on nine of 12 field goals and shooting 57.1 percent overall in the quarter. The Grizzlies committed six turnovers in the quarter, compared to two by the Jazz. Memphis closed the quarter with a 9-3 run, highlighted by a Chandler Parsons trey from 26 feet as time expired, to push the Grizzlies lead to 29-23 at the end of the period.

Memphis led for the entire second quarter, outscoring Utah 31-30, but never led by more than nine. The Jazz continued to emphasize the long ball, shooting 6-for-13 (.462) from three and 11-for-20 overall (.550) in the period, while the Grizzlies made half their shots by going 12-for-24 (1-5 3P). Memphis cleaned up their first-quarter mistakes, committing only one turnover in the quarter and allowing no points off of it, while Utah had six giveaways (two Grizzlies points). The Grizzlies doubled up the Jazz in points in the paint (20-10) during the quarter to build a 60-53 halftime lead.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will face the Orlando Magic for the first time this season on Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m. CT at FedExForum. Sunday’s game is also a Kids Free Game, where fans who purchase an adult Terrace Level I, II, III or IV ticket will receive a free ticket for any child age 12 and under. Come out to the game, tune in to FOX Sports Southeast presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN to follow the action.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase single-game tickets can do so now by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com/tickets. Single Game Tickets are also available for purchase at the FedExForum Box Office, ticketmaster.com, online at grizzlies.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX. For more information on the Grizzlies, visit grizzlies.com, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@memgrizz).

Team Quotes

Team Notes

  • The Grizzlies shot over 50 percent in the game, finishing 46-for-90 (.511) overall and 9-for-22 (.409) from beyond the arc. Memphis is now 9-4 this season when making at least half their shots. The Grizzlies have shot at least 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range in two straight games for the first time since Dec. 30-31, 2017.
  • The Jazz shot 35-for-82 (.427) overall, and 18-for-48 (.375) from deep, setting a season-high for three-point attempts. Utah tied the most three-point makes by a Grizzlies opponent (done three times previously) and attempts (also happened at Houston on Jan. 14).
  • Memphis won the season series 3-1, with tonight representing the lone victory by the home team in the series.
  • The Grizzlies owned the advantage down low, outscoring the Jazz 60-34 in the paint. Utah entered the night ranked ninth in opponent paint scoring (47.3 ppg), while Memphis was second (41.8).
  • The Jazz blocked 10 shots, the most by a Grizzlies opponent this year, while the Grizzlies had four. Utah now has seven games with 10-or-more blocks

Player Notes

  • Mike Conley logged his ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 28 points and 11 assists. Conley now has seven games with 20-plus points and 10-plus assists this year, his most in a single season (previously had six such games in 2016-17). Conley scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, and his 11 assists tied a season-high.
  • Jonas Valanciunas added a season-high 27 points on 12-of-17 (.706) shooting while grabbing seven rebounds. Valanciunas’ previous season-high was 26 points on Dec. 5 vs. Philadelphia, as a member of the Toronto Raptors. The 7-0 center is now averaging 19.2 points in his nine games with Memphis.
  • Ivan Rabb came off the bench to supply 15 points and six boards. Rabb has now reached double-digits in eight games this season.
  • In his first start since Feb. 4, 2017, Joakim Noah pulled in a team-high eight rebounds while scoring seven points and handing out four assists.
  • Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 38 points to go with five assists. Mitchell has dropped 38 points three times this year, which is his second-highest total of the season.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase tickets to the Grizzlies’ remaining contests may do so now 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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