Grizzlies strike back!  Memphis is dismantling Timberwolves thanks to Ja Morant

Grizzlies strike back! Memphis is dismantling Timberwolves thanks to Ja Morant

The Memphis Grizzlies tied the streak with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In Game 2, the Grizzlies won 124-96 as Superstar Ja Morant scored his first triple-double in the playoffs.

Memphis Grizzlies (2) – Minnesota Timberwolves (7) 124:96 (BOXSCORE)

The Grizzlies are back in business. After the Wolves turned out the lights in Game 1, the hosts kept Minnesota just 39% off the field this time around. Anthony Edwards (20, 7/16 FG) thawed a bit after a weak first half, but this time he had very little support. Karl-Anthony Towns (15, 11 rebounds) was withdrawing from the game and out of rhythm with unnecessary fouls, little came from the rest of the team, the same went for D’Angelo Russell (11, 3/11).

The Grizzlies capitalized on their team’s depth this time around, though All-Star Ja Morant was still the better player. With 10 points in four minutes, the point guard was responsible for the fact that the Grizzlies walked away after the break and didn’t let anything burn. With 23 points (9/16), 9 rebounds and 10 assists, the ace narrowly missed a triple-double.

Memphis focused on his strengths, mostly rebounds (14 OREB), fast play and lots of zone shots (60 zone points). Eight players scored at least 9 points, including Jaren Jackson Jr. (16, 4/7 of three, 7 rebounds) and Desmond Bane (16).

As fun as Game 1 was, this time it was difficult at first. There was a shower of fouls and criticism, so there was almost no flow of the game. With 20 fouls (and 33 free throws), an inglorious record for the last 25 years, this section lasted 41 minutes. A little basketball was also played, like here with this beautiful Morant hole.