The Memphis Grizzlies went 1-1 in the great state of Florida over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, they dominated the Orlando Magic by jumping out in front early and never letting them hang in the game.
On Friday night, they weren’t as lucky. The two hottest teams in the NBA were set to play in an ESPN Friday night telecast and they didn’t disappoint. The Heat won 98-91, but the Grizzlies were in the game the whole way through.
Marc Gasol led the way for the Grizzlies with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists as he was able to exploit Miami’s lack of inside defensive presence. Zach Randolph wasn’t as lucky, however. Randolph shot just 6-16 from the field as Chris Bosh’s length caused him some problems. Randolph had 14 points and 9 rebounds, but it took him too many shots to arrive there.
The Grizzlies’ bench also let them down as only one bench player scored 10 or more points, and that was Quincy Pondexter with exactly 10.
We’ve gotten used to talking about the Miami Heat and LeBron James in the same sentence, but James had one of his worst shooting nights of the season on Friday as he went just 4-14 from the field, but hit the biggest shot of the game in the 4th quarter with a three pointer that put the Heat up four. Before that shot, the Grizzlies were on a run and trailed by just one point.
On Sunday, the Grizzlies headed to Orlando for an early afternoon tip and left with one of their best all-around performances of the season.
The Grizzlies led by 10 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as they won 108-82.
Tayshaun Prince had his best individual game since joining the team with 14 points and hitting half of his shots.