Grizzlies Take Over In Second Half And Defeat 76ers In OT

Memphis overcame a significant half time deficit to defeat the road weary and roster uncertain 76ers, just hours after a trade between Philadelphia and Minnesota was announced that involved players who have accounted for 26% of Philly’s minutes this season. 

What Happened

In the first of six (?) “Grind City Wrestling” nights of the season, it certainly felt like a heavyweight match as these two teams needed an extra round to decide the winner.

The game started off way too fast for Memphis and their defense was not up to par. Memphis was outscored by 13 in the first half on poor shooting and confused defense. Ben Simmons (18p/14r) and Markelle Fultz (14p) ran all over the Grizzlies back court and the two guards helped the 76ers get out in front of Memphis.

Jaren Jackson Jr (7p/1r) was very overwhelmed when forced to go heads up against Joel Embiid (14p/16r), who found many ways to impact the game. Embiid shot poorly from the field (4-15) and missed all six of his 3 point attempts, including several late in the game. He played nearly 40 minutes last night and also again tonight. Clearly he was fatigued, but that did not stop him from altering multiple shots in the paint from Grizzly guards.

After giving up 63 points in the first half, Memphis came out of the break with something to prove. With renewed resolve, Memphis only gave up 39 points in the last two frames of regulation.

Mike Conley (32p/6a) was the man. Multiple times he hit late in the shot clock threes or zoomed past 76er defenders to lay up a sweet bank off the glass.

As has been his MO this season, Marc Gasol (18p/12r) played toe to toe with Philly’s All-Star center. Even though he shot a poor percentage from the field overall, he hit 3 of his 5 three point attempts in devastating fashion. He also showed that he still has the skills in finding his tag team partner in the paint.

Kyle Anderson (8p/13r) started off the game rough, missing several shots at the rim, but his defense throughout the game was extremely crucial. He and Garrett Temple (17p) were both super active on defense and made some late game steals that were critical to the outcome of the game. Temple also hit several clutch threes down the stretch that enabled Memphis to gain the momentum that they lacked in the first half.

In the second half, the Grizzlies got their act together by putting together an 8-0 a few minutes into the third quarter. That is when Mike got hot and led all scorers in the third with 13.

In the fourth, Ben Simmons and TJ McConnell (16p/7a) held things together for Philly late in the game.

Memphis had the ball for the last shot of regulation but was unable to convert, sending the game into overtime. The extra minutes were too much for the fatigued 76ers, and Memphis won the additional 5 minutes by a tally of 10-4, which made the final score 112-106, boys in blue – except they were wearing gold and grey. Kyle Anderson grabbed four boards to limit the 76er second chances and the home team pulled away to remain undefeated at home on the young season.


Dillon Brooks tweaked his knee and left the game when stepping on the basketball after only playing 9 minutes.

Shelvin Mack (12p/4r) and MarShon Brooks (11p/4r) were the most impactful Grizzlies off the bench.

Ivan Rabb (2p) seemed very overwhelmed in his short time on the court.

Blue Note Bourbon Player of the Game

This prestigious award isn’t really up for debate. Mike Conley had his breakout game of the season, scoring 32 points on a beautiful 12-24 shooting in addition to 6 assists.

Next Man Up

Monday, November 12th at home vs the Utah Jazz


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