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.