NBA Game Recap - Memphis at Brooklyn
Wed Mar 4, 2020 7:30 PM EST

IND
100
MIL
119
F
OKC
114
DET
107
F
BOS
112
CLE
106
F
UTA
112
NY
104
F
MEM
118
BKN
79
F
ORL
113
MIA
116
F
CHI
108
MIN
115
F
NO
123
DAL
127
F(OT)
WAS
104
POR
125
F

Memphis 118, Brooklyn 79

Mar 4, 2020, 7:30 PM EST

Final

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4

T

Memphis (31-31)

22

30

30

36

118

Brooklyn (27-34)

23

22

20

14

79

Grizzlies rout Nets 118-79 in Brooklyn for 3rd straight win
Wed Mar 4, 2020 11:10 PM

NEW YORK (AP) Josh Jackson scored 19 points and the Memphis Grizzlies ran away from the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of a 118-79 blowout Wednesday night in a matchup of teams trying to maintain playoff position.

Tyus Jones added 18 points for Memphis, which extended its winning streak to three games. Ja Morant scored 15.

The win moved Memphis back to .500 at 31-31, and the Grizzlies are 3 1/2 games ahead of Sacramento for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference.

"I think it would mean a lot," Morant said about making the playoffs. "We're a whole new team. We're young. To make the playoffs again, I can't tell you the last time they made the playoffs, but for us to make it would be special."

Taurean Prince had 15 points, and Caris LeVert and Chris Chiozza added 14 apiece for Brooklyn.

Memphis opened the second half on a 12-2 run to take a 64-47 lead and never looked back as the Grizzlies built a 41-point lead in the fourth quarter, with the bench unit dancing on the sideline.

"I think collectively we didn't like our compete level and our spirit wasn't where it needed to be," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. "We talked about it in the locker room. The coaches and players had a good old-fashioned ... great communication. These are the moments where you really have to embrace the adversity."

Memphis took a 52-45 lead into the locker room at halftime as Jones led the Grizzlies with 10 points. LeVert led Brooklyn with 10 in the first half.

Brooklyn led 23-22 after the first quarter as both teams struggled mightily shooting from the floor.

The Nets are a half-game ahead of Orlando for the eighth seed in the East.

"I think you build through struggles like this, games like this and stretches like this, but I'll tell you this: We've got to play better if we're going to stay in this playoff hunt," Atkinson said.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Coach Taylor Jenkins praised LeVert's growth from afar. "He's clearly put in all the work, where he can be a dynamic scorer and another guy that sets a tone for them defensively with his size, length and athleticism, and guard multiple positions," Jenkins said. ... F Jaren Jackson Jr. is "progressing in a positive direction" and could return from a knee sprain as early as next week after being re-evaluated, Jenkins said.

Nets: Atkinson said the Nets will feature LeVert heavily on offense going forward and has encouraged him to take more 3-pointers. ... Garrett Temple (left ankle sprain) sat out.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Nets: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

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Leaders

Memphis PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Uthoff 0 10 0 0 1 0
J. Jackson 19 9 1 0 2 0
Brooklyn PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Pinson 0 -12 1 0 1 1
T. Prince 15 -13 0 5 0 0

Team Comparison

MEM BKN
Points For 118 79
Field Goals 43/100-43% 30/90-33%
Three Pointers 20/44-45% 7/42-17%
Free Throws 12/14-86% 12/17-71%
Offensive Rebounds 18 13
Defensive Rebounds 41 29
Rebounds 72 52
Blocks 5 4
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 11 13
Points Scored Off Turnovers 18 8
Points in the Paint 42 40
Fast Break Points 26 15
Personal Fouls 15 17
Technical Fouls 1 1
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MEM Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Oct 27 BKN 133 @ MEM 134 R. Kurucs 3 M. Guduric 2
Wed Mar 4 MEM 118 @ BKN 79 A. Tolliver 2 R. Kurucs 1

Game Information

Stadium: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 16,941
Game Time: 1:58