The Memphis Grizzlies are flying!
They prolong their league-best win streak to 11 video games with a 116-108 win over the Timberwolves.
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Ja Morant flirted with a triple-double, ending with 16 factors, 9 assists and eight rebounds, whereas Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 20 factors to associate with 5 rebounds. Desmond Bane led the manner for the Grizzlies outscored with 21 factors, whereas the staff obtained quite a few contributions throughout the board, together with 48 bench factors.
With the win, they’re in sole possession of third place in the Western Conference standings and three video games out of the No. 1 seed.
Let’s dive into a few of the key numbers behind their scorching streak.
11: A franchise first
The Grizzlies’ 11-game streak is the longest in franchise historical past, three away from their earlier better of eight, which got here in 2015 throughout the Grit and Grind Era.
They have not simply been beating up on unhealthy groups both, they’ve shaken up the Western Conference standings with key wins over contending groups, together with the Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers (twice), in addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Clippers.
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Overall, the Grizzlies have received 21 of their previous 25 video games.
Their subsequent opponent? Luka Doncic and the Mavericks.
1: Crashing the glass
The Grizzlies have been the finest rebounding groups all season and through the streak, they’ve kicked it up a gear, punishing groups on each the offensive and defensive glass.
They lead the league in rebounds per sport (52.3), offensive rebounds (15.3) and second-chance factors (20.7), and sit second in rebound proportion (52.6), outhustling groups on a nightly foundation.
Big man Steven Adams leads the staff, averaging 9.4 boards an evening, however they’re doing it by committee, with seven completely different gamers averaging a minimum of 4.0 rebounds per sport in Morant, Jackson, Desmond Bane, De’Anthony Melton, Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke and John Konchar, who snagged a career-high 17 rebounds off the bench in a win over the Wolves.
3: Locking it up
During their 11 sport stretch, the Grizzlies have the third-ranked protection in the league, giving up simply 104.8 factors per 100 possessions, behind solely the Mavericks and Knicks in that span.
This season, they’ve leaned on the defensive finish, particularly in the stretch of video games Morant missed and so they lead the league in steals (10.2) and blocks (6.3) per sport on the season.
Ja for MVP?
When you say it out loud, it sounds loopy, however the Grizzlies level guard is giving massive 2011 Derrick Rose vibes.
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Ja Morant scored 15 factors in the 1st quarter tonight. He additionally scored 18 factors in the third quarter in opposition to the Warriors on October twenty eighth. No different participant has a number of 15-point quarters in opposition to the Warriors this season. pic.twitter.com/luvEtgDewc
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 12, 2022
During the Grizzlies run, he is regarded like the finest participant in the league, being named Western Conference Player of the Week in consecutive weeks, averaging 29.4 factors, 6.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists on 53 p.c taking pictures from the discipline and 53 p.c taking pictures from the 3-point line.
During the streak, the Grizzlies additionally lead the league in factors in the paint ( 62.2 ), with Morant second solely to Giannis Antetokounmpo in factors in the paint in that span at ( 17.6 ), whereas main the league fastbreak factors per sport ( 5.8 ).