Grizzlies drub Dubs, 131-110, as Warriors’ highway woes proceed
One thing fascinating is occurring with the Memphis Grizzlies. For roughly 18 seconds, they had been probably the most likable staff within the NBA. Between the proficient younger core of Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Desmond Bane, and revered rotation staples like Steven Adams, Tyus Jones, Ziaire Williams, and others, what wasn’t to love?
Then, they began appearing like a dynasty, even though they’d achieved subsequent to nothing; Dillon Brooks performed soiled, dirtier, and dirtiest; and on prime of all that, Ja Morant found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. They’ve been sliding within the West for weeks, too. I suppose one would possibly say they might use a break, even when nobody desires to provide it to them.
Enter the visiting Warriors, a treatment for all residence groups in determined want of a convincing win. After Thursday evening’s loss, Golden State falls to 7-26 on the highway and has now misplaced three in a row. In the meantime, Memphis snaps a three-game shedding streak.
Per common, Steph Curry led the Warriors with 29 factors; Jordan Poole had 22 in his stead, however was a whopping -33 in 34 minutes. Jones (22 factors and 11 assists), Bane (21), and Jackson Jr. (21 and 9 rebounds) carried the Grizz.
As for Dillon Brooks and Draymond Inexperienced… properly…
Jazz snap skid in Orlando, 131-124
Talking of a staff in dire want of a win… The Jazz! They took a four-game shedding streak into Thursday evening’s tilt with the Magic and promptly kicked it to the curb, because of Lauri Markkanen’s tenth straight recreation with 20-plus factors. He dropped 33 on Orlando to steer the Jazz. As well as, Talen Horton-Tucker scored 23 and dished out eight assists.
Paolo Banchero (26), Markelle Fultz (25), and Franz Wagner (24) had been nice for the Magic, however they’ve now misplaced three in a row. Their slim playoff hopes get slimmer and slimmer with each skid.
Hornets deal with Pistons, 113-103
It basically took simply three Hornets to carry off the Pistons altogether on Thursday. Kelly Oubre Jr. (27 factors), Terry Rozier (21-6-9), and P.J. Washington (20 factors, three blocks, and two steals) led the way in which for Charlotte, whereas Detroit didn’t see a single participant cross the 20-point threshold. They’ve misplaced 10 in a row; it’s Wemby time, child.
Pacers prime Rockets in OT, 134-125
A enjoyable stat: Within the seven video games because the All-Star break, the Indiana Pacers are averaging a tick above 126 factors per recreation. That’s fourth within the NBA throughout that span, trailing solely the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, and Dallas Mavericks, and solely two of these seven video games went to OT. Briefly: The Indiana offense is cooking.
They had been cooking with gasoline on Thursday, ending off the paltry Rockets in extra time regardless of what was maybe the perfect recreation of Jabari Smith Jr.’s younger profession. The Houston rookie scored 30 factors, pulled down 12 rebounds, and snatched two steals, however it wasn’t sufficient to overpower Tyrese Haliburton’s 29 and 19 outing. Myles Turner was an efficient second choice to Haliburton for Indiana, as the large man scored 21 factors and blocked seven pictures.
Bucks maintain off Nets, 118-113
No Giannis? No drawback. Bobby Portis (28 factors and 13 rebounds) and Brook Lopez (24 and 10) took the scoring duties for themselves on Thursday as Milwaukee gained its third straight and its nineteenth out of the earlier 20 video games. Brooklyn, in the meantime, obtained its three-game profitable streak snapped, and given Mikal Bridge’s poor taking pictures evening, it provides up. He scored fewer than 20 factors for simply the third time since becoming a member of the Nets, ending with 10 factors on four-of-13 taking pictures. Although the Brooklyn bench made up for it, scoring 98 factors — probably the most by any NBA bench because the league started monitoring the stat in 1971 — it wasn’t sufficient.
Kings survive Knicks comeback bid, 122-117
Thursday saved the perfect for final; I’d as properly do the identical. Although the Kings lead by as many as 21 factors, the Knicks aren’t any slouch. They made a livid second-half comeback to tie the sport halfway by way of the fourth. It got here right down to the ultimate few seconds, the place it was left as much as Domantas Sabonis to knock down a pair of free-throws as a way to ice it. He avoided pulling a Grant Williams and nailed each, stretching the Kings result in 5 for good with six seconds remaining. It was a thriller so filled with stat-stuffing efforts, it requires its personal bulleted listing to do everybody concerned justice.
For the Kings, who at the moment are 7-1 because the All-Star break:
- Domantas Sabonis: 24 factors, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, good for his ninth triple-double of the season
- De’Aaron Fox: 24 factors, 16 of which got here within the fourth quarter, plus seven assists and 4 steals
- Malik Monk: 19 factors (six-of-10 from the sphere, four-of-six from three), 5 rebounds, and 5 assists off the bench.
- Trey Lyles: 16 factors and 6 rebounds, additionally off the bench.
And for the Knicks, who’ve now misplaced two in a row on the heels of their latest nine-game profitable streak:
- RJ Barrett: 25 factors to steer all scorers.
- Julius Randle: 23 factors, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and two steals.
- Quentin Grimes: 19 factors on seven-of-13 taking pictures, 4 of these makes coming from deep.
- Jalen Brunson: 19 factors in simply 19 minutes, although the story is that he left at halftime with left foot soreness.
- Josh Hart: 9 factors, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists off the bench. Gosh, he’s the right Knick.
- As a staff, the Knicks shot 13-of-50 (26 %) from three. Regardless of knocking down 23 offensive rebounds, that kind of clip from deep will damage any effort.