Thursday, March 5, 2020
Last night, the Brooklyn Nets saw their four-game losing streak come to an end as they defeated the Boston Celtics in an overtime game, 129-120. During that game, Caris LeVert scored a career-high 51 points. They will try to grab a second straight win as they host the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at the Barclays Center.
The Grizzlies, on the other hand, will look to grab a third consecutive win as they are coming fresh off of a 127-88 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Tonight’s matchup will mark the second and final time that they play each other this season. The last time they met up was on October 27 when the Grizzlies beat the Nets in overtime, 134-133. Ja Morant finished that game with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, one steal, and one block while Kyrie Irving had 37 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and one block.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Brooklyn Nets and the Memphis Grizzlies have battled each other a grand total of 46 times in the past as they both won 23 games each.
-Grayson Allen (hip; 7.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 44.9 FG%, 36.3 3P%)
-Brandon Clarke (quad; 12.0 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 62.3 FG%, 40.4 3P%)
-Jaren Jackson (knee; 16.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 46.8 FG%, 39.7 3P%)
-Justise Winslow (back; 11.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 38.8 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
-Kevin Durant (Achilles)
-Kyrie Irving (shoulder; 27.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.4 APG, 47.8 FG%, 39.4 3P%)
-Jeremiah Martin (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%)
-Dzanan Musa (G-League; 4.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 36.0 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
-Garrett Temple (ankle; 10.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 37.8 FG%, 32.4 3P%)
-Nicolas Claxton (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 56.3 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
The game would be somewhat competitive in the first half as the Grizzlies shot thirty-six percent from the field while the Nets shot thirty-seven percent. Ja Morant scored nine points which included a three-pointer in the first quarter. He also had three rebounds, three assists, and one steal while Dillon Brooks helped out with eight points.
Former Toronto Raptors’ center Jonas Valanciunas chalked up seven points while grabbing 10 rebounds. De’Anthony Melton and Kyle Anderson combined for 11 points. Tyus Jones played the most minutes off the bench as he dropped 10 points.
On the other end of the floor, Caris LeVert put up 10 points on forty-percent shooting. He also had three rebounds and five assists while Taurean Prince contributed with eight points. Joe Harris scored six points which included two three-pointers in the first period. Spencer Dinwiddie had four points as he shot only fourteen percent from the field. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot played 12 minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Grizzlies went into halftime with a 52-45 lead.
The Memphis ball club would close things out in the second half as they went on an incredibly huge 66-34 run, shooting fifty-percent. During that run, Josh Jackson scored 12 points off the bench as he hit 3 three-pointers. Anderson and Morant combined for 13 points while Brooks had four.
As for the Brooklyn team, both Harris and Prince scored seven points each but it wasn’t enough as the Memphis Grizzlies handed the Brooklyn Nets an 118-79 blowout loss. Josh Jackson finished that game with 19 points, one assist, and 2 steals while Taurean Prince had 15 points and 5 rebounds.
The Memphis Grizzlies will head to Texas to take on Luka Doncic (28.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 8.8 APG, 46.1 FG%, 31.5 3P%) and the Dallas Mavericks (37-25) on Friday at 8:30 p.m. This will mark the third of four times that they play each other this season. February 5 was the last time they saw each other as the Mavericks fell to the Grizzlies, 121-107. During that game, Ja Morant scored 21 points, grabbed one rebound, and dished off 3 assists while Kristaps Porzingis had 32 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and one block.
The Brooklyn Nets will host DeMar DeRozan (22.2 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 5.4 APG, 52.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (26-34) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. It will be the second and final time that they see each other this season. The last time they battled each other was on December 19 when the Spurs defeated the Nets, 118-105. Patty Mills finished that game with 27 points, one rebound, and 2 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie had 41 points, one rebound, and 5 assists.