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Grizzlies @ Wizards highlights 3.16.19

Check out all the action from Saturday night’s game against the Wizards in Washington.

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Grizzlies @ Wizards highlights 3.16.19

Check out all the action from Saturday night’s game against the Wizards in Washington.
Mar 16, 2019  |  02:02

Mike Conley 28 points @ Wizards 3.16.19

Mike Conley drops 28 points on Saturday night against the Wizards.
Mar 16, 2019  |  01:17

Conley beats the buzzer

Mike Conley beats the buzzer to close out the first half against the Wizards.
Mar 16, 2019  |  00:13

Parsons nails it from beyond the arc

Chandler Parsons nails it from beyond the arc during the team’s matchup against the Wizards.
Mar 16, 2019  |  00:13

Noah cleans up the glass

Joakim Noah slams it home against the Wizards.
Mar 16, 2019  |  00:11

Postgame Report: Grizzlies Fade in Final Quarter to Fall to Wizards, 135-128

by Memphis Grizzlies

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies shot less than 32 percent in the fourth quarter as they fell to the Washington Wizards, 135-128, on Saturday night in Capital One Arena. The Grizzlies dropped to 28-42 on the season and 10-25 on the road. The Wizards improved to 30-39 on the year and 22-12 at home. The teams split the season series 1-1.

The Grizzlies shot just 7-for-22 (.318) in the fourth quarter, including 3-of-10 (.300) from three-point range. Memphis also committed 10 fouls, leading to the Wizards making 16-of-18 (.889) free throws in the final frame. Trailing 126-121 with 1:10 left in the game, Mike Conley earned a trip to the line and knocked down both free throws to make it a one-possession game. Jeff Green canned a corner three for Washington with 50.5 remaining on the following possession though, making it 129-123. After a Memphis timeout, Conley drilled a 26-footer to bring it back within three with 47 seconds left. Thomas Bryant found a cutting Bradley Beal for a layup with 22 seconds left, giving Beal his 40th point of the night and putting the game away. The Grizzlies went cold from three-point range in the second half by going just 4-for-16 (.250), while the Wizards made 7-of-15 (.467) triples throughout the half.

Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points and a season-high 12 assists to give him his 10th double-double of the season (all points and assists). Conley has scored at least 20 points in five-straight games. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 22 points and eight boards. Valanciunas now has five 20-point performances in his 12 games with the Grizzlies. Avery Bradley added 21 points and five assists. Bradley is averaging 16.1 points in 14 games since coming to Memphis. Chandler Parsons had his best game of the season, coming off the bench to score 16 points, grab six boards and hand out five assists, setting season-highs in all three categories. Joakim Noah added 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Noah is averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds during March.

Memphis shot 48-for-90 (.533) overall and 12-for-33 (.364) from three-point range. Washington finished 41-for-81 (.506) from the field, but were significantly better from beyond the arc, going 17-for-35 (.486). The Grizzlies won the turnover battle, 13-10, and outscored the Wizards 23-12 off of giveaways. There were a total of 20 lead changes and 20 ties throughout the game with nine ties and lead changes coming in the third quarter. Despite the high score, the teams combined for only two fast break points (scored by Washington).

Beal led all scorers with 40 points (9-12 3P) and seven assists. Beal’s nine three-pointers set a career-high, and has now scored 40 points in back-to-back games. Jabari Parker logged his seventh double-double of the season, finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Bobby Portis finished with 18 points and six boards. Tomas Satoransky and Green each added 15 points. Bryant chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds as a reserve.

Washington shot well coming out of halftime, opening the third quarter with a 14-4 run and shooting 12-for-20 (5-9 3P) in the quarter. Memphis shot even better in the third, making 12-of-19 (.632) shots despite shooting just 1-for-6 (.167) from long range. Beal poured in 14 more points during the quarter to help the Wizards carry a 105-103 edge into the fourth quarter. Tonight marked the first time in franchise history that both teams had reached 100 points through three quarters and the first time the Grizzlies surrendered at least 130 points in consecutive games.

Scoring wasn’t an issue for either squad in the first half either, as Memphis made 29-of-49 (.592) shots while Washington was close behind, shooting 23-for-43 (.535). The Grizzlies emphasized driving to the lane during the half, outscoring the Wizards 36-20 in the paint. Memphis only slightly won the turnover battle (7-6) in the first half, but outscored Washington 13-8 in points off of turnovers. The guards had it going during the first half, with Conley (7-9 FG) and Beal (5-6 3P) both scoring 19 points. Both teams made over half their shots in each of the first two quarters. After Portis hooked in a shot with 4.2 seconds left, Conley raced down the floor to nail a floater as time expired to give Memphis a 71-69 lead at the half.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will finish the season series with their Southwest Division rival, the Houston Rockets, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in FedExForum. Wednesday night will be a Grind City Wrestling Night, where Grizzlies fans can get two Terrace Level IV tickets and two five-piece boneless wings coupons for just $22 presented by Wing Guru. 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 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.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points and a season-high 12 assists to give him his 10th double-double of the season (all points and assists).
  • Jonas Valanciunas finished with 22 points and eight boards.
  • Avery Bradley added 21 points and five assists.
  • Chandler Parsons had his best game of the season, coming off the bench to score 16 points, grab six boards and hand out five assists, setting season-highs in all three categories.
  • Joakim Noah added 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

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