NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Memphis 33 36 27 37 133
San Antonio 31 22 30 19 102
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CT23:30 , February 1, 2021
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

Grizzlies, Spurs run it back as Memphis aims for 7th straight win

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Memphis Grizzlies at San Antonio Spurs

  1. Memphis defeated the Spurs on Saturday in San Antonio, 129-112, its largest winning margin over the Spurs in a regular season game all-time. The Grizzlies have won their last two games in San Antonio, and have never won three in a row there.
  2. Memphis has won six straight games after a 2-6 start to the season, jumping into first place in the Southwest Division (percentage points ahead of the Spurs). The Grizzlies are one of two current franchises never to have won a division title, along with the Hornets.
  3. San Antonio had won three in a row -- shooting at least 50 percent in each game -- before Saturday's loss to the Grizzlies (47.0 percent). The Spurs are 5-0 this season when making at least half of their shots, versus 6-9 when not.
  4. No Spurs player has ever finished a season averaging at least 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, as Dejounte Murray is currently. His 7.4 rebounds per game rank second in the NBA this season among players 6'4" or shorter (Russell Westbrook, 9.4).
  5. Among NBA players who haven't started a game this season, Patty Mills' 14.3 points per game ranks third behind only Utah's Jordan Clarkson (17.7) and Orlando's Terrence Ross (14.7).
  6. Over the last five of his six career games against San Antonio, Ja Morant has averaged 25.8 points on 58.1 percent shooting. That includes a career-high 44 points in the Grizzlies' 131-119 season-opening loss to the Spurs (December 23).
(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

The Memphis Grizzlies look for their seventh straight win Monday night when they face the Spurs in the second game of a back-to-back set in San Antonio.

The Grizzlies won the first game on Saturday, 129-112, leading throughout before pulling away late behind Ja Morant's 19 points and 11 assists and double-figure scoring by seven Memphis players.

Memphis recorded season bests in 3-pointers (17) and points scored and matched its season best in assists (34).

"We are continuing to grow as a team and players are stepping up for us big time," Morant said. "Once we play our type of basketball, good things will happen. We've been doing that lately, and that's six games we've won (in a row)."

Memphis was playing for the first time since Jan. 18 after having five games postponed over the past two weeks because of COVID-19 issues that limited player availability.

De'Anthony Melton added a game-high 20 points for Memphis, with Kyle Anderson hitting for 16, Desmond Bane and Gorgui Dieng scoring 15 points apiece, and Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clarke tallying 14 each.

"Our bench was huge for us tonight," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. "I thought Gorgui had an unbelievable game, Desmond had an unbelievable game and (Melton) had a tremendous game. When you get that production up and down the roster, it's great to see."

The Grizzlies played Saturday without usual starters Grayson Allen and Jonas Valanciunas, who were both out due to "health and safety protocols." Valanciunas is with team and could play Monday.

The Spurs were playing the second of a home back-to-back after beating Denver on Friday and appeared a little worse for the wear. San Antonio fell to 0-3 on the second night of back-to-backs this season. The contest was a classic case of the Grizzlies' fresh legs -- really fresh, in fact -- versus San Antonio's tired ones.

Still, San Antonio cut an 18-point third-quarter Grizzlies' lead to five, at 110-105, with 5:03 to play. That's when fatigue -- and Memphis' 3-point shooting -- took over, as back-to-back shots from beyond the arc by Brooks and Morant's floating jumper produced an 8-0 run that allowed the Grizzlies to build enough of a cushion to waltz to the finish line.

"Everybody plays back-to-backs and three in four nights, and it probably showed a little bit on us, but everybody goes through it," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "You just have to play. You know, we got outplayed tonight, that's the bottom line. I'm not gonna do a clinic for you -- we got out played."

Derrick White, in his first action since missing 14 games with a broken toe, paced the Spurs with 18 points.

Dejounte Murray had 15 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 14, Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker IV and Rudy Gay scored 12 points each, and Patty Mills racked up 10 for San Antonio, which had a three-game win streak snapped.

"We just got to pick up our physicality," White said. "Memphis shot it really well, made a lot of floaters and tough twos. We've just got to watch the film -- we've got them coming back here Monday so there's a lot for us to work on."

--Field Level Media

Updated February 1, 2021

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