Grit and Grind helps Grizzlies to win over Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY – Mike Conley had 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 92-84 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.
Marc Gasol finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists before fouling out with 3:41 left. Shelvin Mack added 12 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, who picked up their first road victory despite shooting 36.9 percent (31 of 84).
Jae Crowder scored 15 points and Donovan Mitchell added 14 for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert had 11 points and 12 rebounds as Utah lost its second straight home game. The Jazz shot just 35.4 percent (29 of 82).
A trio of 3_pointers from Shelvin Mack and Wayne Selden fueled a 16-4 run for Memphis in the fourth quarter. Garrett Temple capped the outburst with a layup that gave Grizzlies an 86-70 lead with 3:49 remaining.
Gobert converted a three_point play and Utah whittled its deficit to 88-82 with 50.9 seconds left. The Jazz had a chance to make it a one possession game, but Mitchell missed a 3-pointer with 22.4 seconds left.
Neither offense generated much in the first half. Memphis shot just 41.5 percent from the floor over the first two quarters. The Jazz connected on 38.6 percent of their sots in the first half.
Utah led by five points twice in the first quarter. The Jazz went up 14-9 on back_to_back baskets by Joe Ingles, and then 22-17 on consecutive dunks from Dante Exum and Derrick Favors.
Memphis pulled ahead early in the second quarter with a 13-4 run. Jaren Jackson fueled the run with a pair of hook shots and a free throw, helping the Grizzlies take a 32-26 lead.
Utah briefly rallied when Mitchell drove for a layup and sank a jumper on back-to-back possessions, giving the Jazz a 41-40 lead. The Grizzlies pulled back in front before halftime and built up a 10-point third quarter lead, going up 66-56 on a pair of free throws from Conley.
Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson, Jr. made his first career NBA start and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. Jackson averaged 17.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in his previous two games off the bench. . Memphis scored 19 points off 15 Jazz turnovers. Marc Gasol collected as many rebounds against the Jazz as he totaled in his first two games combined.
Jazz: Grayson Allen made his NBA debut. The rookie guard totaled seven points and two fouls in 10 minutes. . Joe Ingles was 1-of-7 shooting from 3-point range after hitting 64.7 percent from long distance in his first two games. … Utah finished with a 50-43 advantage on rebounds.
Grizzlies: Visit the Kings on Wednesday
Jazz: Visit the Rockets on Wednesday.