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FutureStarrJones Jackson Helps Memphis Grizzlies Beat Warriors 131-110
On Thursday night, Jones Jackson led the Memphis Grizzlies to a thrilling 131-110 victory against Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies had been leading throughout most of the game and were able to hold onto their advantage until late in the fourth quarter.
Last weekend's loss marked the Warriors' third straight setback and eighth road defeat this season. Ja Morant remains away from the team after posting a video last weekend showing what appeared to be an open gun at a Denver-area strip club.
On Thursday night, Tyus Jones led the Memphis Grizzlies with 22 points as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 131-110. This victory provided much needed motivation for the struggling Grizzlies, who had won just three of their last eight games. Plus, star guard Ja Morant was absent due to his involvement with a gun at a Denver area strip club which has been shared online.
The Grizzlies were led by Jones, who had 11 assists and shot well in the first half. Memphis scored 77 points - a season high - and led by as many as 18 points at one point. Stephen Curry scored 29 points for Memphis while Jordan Poole chipped in with 22 for the Warriors. It came one day after Draymond Green spent more than two minutes trash-talking Memphis players. Furthermore, Memphis won the battle of triples with 18 shots on the night.
After a week that saw one starter retire for the season, another spend extended time on the injured list and their superstar star come under fire after posting video of himself waving a gun inside a strip club, the Memphis Grizzlies managed to salvage some positive momentum with a 131-110 win over the Warriors on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time). This victory was due largely to an impressive 48 point opening quarter by Memphis who scored 48 points in that span of time.
The victory gave Memphis some much-needed bragging rights over Golden State, who had won four straight games prior to their meeting in Memphis. It marked the first Western Conference meeting between these teams since their heated postseason contest which ended 4-2 for Golden State. Furthermore, Dillon Brooks of Memphis and Draymond Green of Golden State engaged in public feuding during this game; Brooks was suspended for one game following an altercation with a fan during play.
On Thursday night, Santi Albada led the Grizzlies with 15 points as they defeated the Warriors 131-110. Tyus Jones scored 22 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 21 and Desmond Bane added 21 for Memphis to secure their 11th straight win.
The Grizzlies have improved to 20-11 and 4-3 against Western Conference teams this season, while the Warriors have lost seven of their last eight games. Furthermore, Memphis has won its last two road games against the Warriors - an improvement over previous seasons when they went 2-18 away.
After a slow start, the Grizzlies picked up their play in the second quarter and built a 13-point lead at halftime. In the third, they extended their lead to 34 points before holding their opponents to only four points in the fourth as they claimed their ninth victory in nine games.
Santi Albada showed that he still has the potential to be an excellent NBA player in his first game without Ja Morant. He logged 35 minutes, scoring 14 points, pulling down six rebounds, and dishing out three assists - all team highs.
With his energy and tenacity off the bench, it will be interesting to see if this helps him take on more of a leadership role in the future.
Santi had a tough shooting night (only 5 of 16 from the field), yet still managed to score all his points in the paint and have an impressive offensive rebounding game with 12 boards. His hustle and willingness to get to the basket will continue to be valuable assets down the line.
On Friday night, Rudy Gobert led the Utah Jazz with 22 points and 21 rebounds while Jordan Clarkson contributed 20 as they sealed a playoff spot with an epic 121-115 overtime victory over Memphis Grizzlies. Donovan Mitchell added 20 points and 10 boards, while Hassan Whiteside chipped in 14 from the bench for Utah.
On Thursday night, Memphis' star point guard Ja Morant was unable to make it and Tyus Jones took his place. With him starting at point guard, the Grizzlies cruised past the Warriors 131-110; yet even though this victory was an easy one for Memphis, his absence still had an impact on their performance.
The Grizzlies started the game off by scoring 48 points in the opening quarter to take an early lead against the Warriors. That was a season high for them in that quarter.
They built on that early lead as they entered the second period with a 20-point advantage. The Golden State Warriors cut that deficit down to four early in the second, but never recovered enough to retake control of the game.
Memphis scored a bucket in the opening seconds of the third quarter to take an 18-point lead and hold on for victory. The Warriors attempted to close the gap in the fourth, but were unable to capitalize as they fell to 11-8 at home this season.
It was an encouraging win for the Grizzlies, yet they are not receiving the respect they deserve. Their handling of Ja Morant's situation has been criticized and now he has been suspended by the team after appearing on Instagram Live and brandishing a gun at a club last week.
He is being sued over the incident, though it appears there won't be criminal charges brought against him as long as he doesn't do anything else that causes harm to the team. Additionally, the Grizzlies have announced they have hired a lawyer to represent Morant and are in negotiation for an agreement.
For the third consecutive game, the Memphis Grizzlies are playing without Ja Morant but remain undefeated and still in contention for a Western Conference title. After beating Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, they travel to Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night where they must improve upon their performances if they want to be considered contenders in this year's playoffs. Although not yet at their best, these Grizzlies still possess enough talent that they should still be considered contenders with improved play from everyone.