Mar 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Tony Snell (20) and Memphis Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos (41) go for the ball during the second quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY photos

Gasol Scores 18, Grizzlies Slip By Chicago 85-77

Mar 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Nick Calathes (12) is guarded by Chicago Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin (14) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Nick Calathes (12) is guarded by Chicago Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin (14) during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies scored a season low 15 points in the 1st quarter Friday Night against the Bulls but still held the lead after one quarter of play.

The Grizzlies and Bulls played a grind it out defensive game that eventually ended up in an 85-77 victory for Memphis. With the victory and a Dallas loss against Portland Friday evening, the Grizzlies would move in to a tie for the 8th spot in the West.

Marc Gasol once again was the leader for the Grizzlies as he scored 18 points (8-16 FG) and hauled in 10 boards. Zach Randolph also had his 36th double-double of the season finishing with 10 points and 11 boards.  Mike Miller continued his hot streak hitting 4 threes in the 2nd half ending up with 14 points.

Memphis trailed Chicago 39-35 at the half with both teams shooting under 41%.  The low scoring game was expected with each team holding the #2 and #3 ranked scoring defenses in the NBA.

Chicago Forward Carlos Boozer who is a notorious Grizzlies killer was limited to 8 points (4-12 FG). Boozer has a career average of 20.2 points per game against the Grizzlies which is the highest against any team in his career.

Memphis trailed 63-57 late in the 3rd quarter before capping off an 8-0 run to grab a 65-63 lead. The Grizzlies extended their lead to 72-65 with 9:30 remaining in the 4th.

Chicago then went on a 10-4 run to pull within 2 at 77-75.  The Grizzlies defense stepped it up in the final 5:54 limiting the Bulls to only 2 points the rest of the way.  Marc Gasol’s tip shot with 21 seconds remaining sealed the 85-77 win for the Grizzlies.

Memphis returns home Saturday night to take on Charlotte in a quick two game homestand which will wrap up with Portland on Tuesday.  The Grizzlies improved to 35-26 on the season while the Bulls fell to 34-28.

 

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