Tuesday, April 16

Memphis Grizzlies pull away late in blowout win over Houston Rockets

HOUSTON — History was repeating itself Sunday afternoon at Toyota Center. 

After the Memphis Grizzlies had one of their worst losses of the season to the Houston Rockets on March 6, some noticeable similarities occurred in the first half Sunday. 

The Grizzlies built a double-digit first-half lead despite uneven play, and a frustrated Jaren Jackson Jr. picked up three early fouls early in the second quarter as he walked to the end of the bench with a blank look on his face. 

The Rockets went on a 10-0 run in the third quarter to cut the Grizzlies’ lead to seven, then Memphis took off. The Grizzlies got defensive stops and sprinted in transition in a 122-98 win over the Rockets. 

Ja Morant missed the game with right knee soreness. Tyus Jones started in his place and paced the Grizzlies with seven assists. 

Before the game, Rockets coach Stephen Silas noted Desmond Bane as a player who steps up when Morant is out. Silas had the right idea, but the Rockets struggled to contain Bane, who led the Grizzlies with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting and added seven assists. 

Here are some observations from the Grizzlies win:

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