All eyes were on the scoreboard last night at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee during the Phoenix Suns matchup with the Southwest Division Leading San Antonio Spurs.
The Grizzlies had already throttled the 76ers 117-95, but were more concerned with the outcome between the Suns and Spurs. Phoenix had jumped out to a 34-15 lead over the Spurs early in the 1st quarter, and it looked as if the Grizzlies would have to wait another day to move back into a playoff spot.
The Spurs slowly chipped away at the Suns who continued to struggle closing out games and ended up beating Phoenix 112-104. With that loss, the Grizzlies moved back into 8th in the Western Conference playoff race.
Marc Gasol and Mike Miller stood out for the Grizzlies in last nights win. Marc Gasol went for 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Mike Miller went (8-11) from the floor (3-4 3pt) and finished with 19 points off the bench.
— Ken Newhouse (@CommitteemanKen) April 12, 2014
Friday Night’s game marked the 3rd straight game Tayshaun Prince missed due to an ankle injury he suffered April 4th against Denver. The Grizzlies miss Prince’s defensive prowess, but James Johnson has done a solid job filling in on offense.
Memphis Coach Dave Joerger told ESPN.com, “It was not an easy game to play. We have one eye on next week, but we know that every single game is a must-win game for us. Our focus was really good.”
Former Grizzlies 1st round pick Tony Wroten led the 76ers with 18 points. This was the 3rd straight loss for the 76ers, and 5th in their last 6 games.
The Grizzlies head out on the road for a 2 game swing featuring the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday Night and then probably the most important matchup of the season in Phoenix on Monday. The Grizzlies tied a franchise record with their 13th consecutive win at home yesterday which they accomplished back in the 2012-2013 season.