Last night the San Antonio Spurs did the Memphis Grizzlies (46-32) a big favor by defeating Dallas for a ninth consecutive time 109-100. That loss for the Mavericks moved Memphis to within 1 game of both Phoenix and Dallas for the final spot in the West.
The Grizzlies entering Friday Night have a very winnable game against the Philadelphia 76ers (17-61). The last time the Grizzlies and 76ers met was up in Philadelphia on March 15th which resulted in a 103-77 win for Memphis. Michael Carter-Williams led all scoring with 23 points, Ed Davis led in rebounds with 11, and Marc Gasol led in the assists department with 6.
With a Grizzlies win tonight coupled with a Phoenix loss at San Antonio, Memphis will slide back in to the 8th spot in the West. After their game tonight with the 76ers, the Grizzlies will head out on the road for a two game swing that features the LA Lakers on Sunday and probably the most important game of the season in Phoenix on Monday Night.
The Grizzlies are coming off of their most exhilarating game of the season which resulted in a 107-102 victory over the Miami Heat at the FedEx Forum Wednesday Night. After allowing Miami to connect on 9 of its first 10 three point attempts, the Grizzlies defense tightened up in the 2nd half and limited Miami to only 44 points.
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The Grizzlies outscored Miami 60-30 in the paint. Zach Randolph scored 25 points on 12-15 shooting after starting off the game 9-9. Marc Gasol had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Courtney Lee added 18 and Mike Conley scored a game high 26 for the Grizz.
After the game, Tony Allen told ESPN.com, “The headline of the day is the Grizzlies got the win, much-needed win, and we want to continue to polish what we’ve got going, trying to race into the playoffs.”
With a win over the 76ers tonight, the Grizzlies will match their longest home winning streak in franchise history at 13 games which they reached in the 2012-2013 season. If the Grizzlies reach 50 wins this season, Coach Dave Joerger will become the franchise leader in wins for a rookie Head Coach.