Grizzlies Look to Rebound After Winning Streak Comes To An End
The Memphis Grizzlies returned to the hardwood Friday evening looking to extend a 6 game winning streak. After two wins earlier in the week, the Grizzlies were looking to make it 3, and get their 7th straight win as they hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers. Memphis did just that, as they picked up the win 113-109 to avenge a defeat to Cleveland earlier in the season. Dillon Brooks poured in 26 points while Ja Morant chipped in 16 points and 8 assists.
The winning streak came to a screeching halt on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The visiting New Orleans Pelicans spoiled the MLK Day Celebration and the Grizzlies winning streak with a 126-116 win over Memphis. The Grizzlies trailed by as much as 25 at one point in the 2nd half due to hot 3 point shooting from the Pelicans. However, the Grizzlies were able to trim the lead down to 5 with under 4 minutes left, but could not complete the comeback. Once again, Dillon Brooks led the way with 31 points and 9 rebounds, with Jaren Jackson Jr. contributing 19 points and 6 rebounds and Ja Morant tossing in 16 points and 9 assists.
With the long homestand over, Memphis hit the road Wednesday night for the first of a 2-game road trip. Looking to rebound from Monday's loss, the Grizzlies fell behind in the 2nd quarter and couldn't keep pace with a strong Boston Celtics squad, falling 119-95 on the evening. Jonas Valuncianas was the lone bright spot on the night for the Grizzlies posting a 16 point and 13 rebound double-double on the night.
The two losses have seen the Grizzlies fall out of the 8 seed in the Western Conference, as they now trail the San Antonio Spurs by half a game. Memphis will look to return to the win column as they head to Detroit for a Friday evening matchup with the Pistons.