Jazz hand Grizzlies 1st home loss of the season
MEMPHIS – Joe Ingles scored 19 points, Rudy Gobert added 15 points and 16 rebounds and the Utah Jazz won their third straight, 96-88 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
The Jazz broke open a close game in the final six minutes with a 14-5 run. Gobert had eight points in the stretch as Utah built its lead to 11 points in the late stages.
Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell finished with 12 points apiece for Utah.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 24 points, while Marc Gasol added 16. Jaren Jackson Jr. and MarShon Brooks finished with 10 points each, and Jackson had 11 rebounds.
The loss was the first at home for Memphis this season.
Neither team could gain much separation in the early stages of the second half, as the game was tied five time and the lead changed four times in the first seven minutes of the third quarter. Both teams shot poorly all night, and there were too many turnovers for either team to generate much momentum.
When Memphis took a six-point lead, Utah answered with eight straight points. That started the Jazz on an 18-7 rally to close the third period.
The first half was particularly ugly, with Utah turning the ball over 11 times to nine times for Memphis.
Ingles had 10 points at halftime, the only player for either team to reach double figures as Memphis carried a 43-40 lead into the break.
Jazz: After playing Memphis three times in the first month of the season, the teams don’t play again until March 8. … The 40 points by the Jazz before halftime was a season low for a first half. … The game began a stretch in which Utah plays 10 of 12 games on the road. … Favors has seven straight games in double figures. … Gobert has 12 double-doubles this season.
Grizzlies: The team announced before the game that reserve G/F Dillon Brooks will miss six to eight weeks with a left knee sprain suffered in the first half against Philadelphia on Saturday. Brooks had played 93 straight games since he came into the league last season before he sat Monday night. … The Grizzlies matched their season low for points in a first quarter with 16. … Jackson recorded his first career double-double. … Kyle Anderson matched his career best with 13 rebounds. … Memphis was the last Western Conference team to lose its first home game.