After 11 consecutive wins, Memphis, who fell into a swamp of losing streaks like lies, finally smiled.
The Memphis Grizzlies won 112-100 in the 2022-2023 NBA regular league home game against the Indiana Pacers held at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, USA on the 30th (Korean time).
Memphis, second in the Western Conference, which came off a five-game losing streak, reduced its lead against the first-place Denver Nuggets to two games. Ja Morant (27 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, 2 steals) recorded a triple-double, and Jaron Jackson Jr. (28 points, 3 3-point shots, 8 rebounds, 5 blocked shots) also displayed firepower.
On the other hand, Indiana suffered three straight losses and fell from 9th to 11th in the Eastern Conference. Benedict Matrin (27 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists) struggled, but after the 2nd quarter, his performance deteriorated sharply and he again failed to escape the losing streak.
Memphis, which fell into a slump due to a collapsed defense, showed an uneasy start against Indiana as well. While Morant showed breakthrough power, Jackson Jr. also showed good shooting sense, but the defense shook sharply after the middle of the first quarter. Memphis finished the first quarter with 23-32 with 11 runs in 1:36 at the end of the first quarter.
The gap widened further in the second quarter. Memphis, who started the second quarter with 6 runs in a row, showed even their offense collapsed while Morant was away. After Morant was put in at the end of the second quarter, he showed off his breakthrough power, but it was not enough to change the atmosphere. The score was 50-62 at the end of the second quarter.
Memphis turned the tide in the third quarter. He could not block Turner until the beginning of the third quarter, but after that, the balance between offense and defense was harmonized and he started a full-fledged pursuit. Memphis, who put pressure on Indiana with supporting shots from bench members and Jackson Jr.’s 3-point shot, ended the third quarter with a 80-79 comeback thanks to David Rody’s mid-range shot right before the end of the third quarter.
The momentum at the end of the third quarter continued into the fourth quarter. Memphis, who started the fourth quarter with Jackson Jr. and Roddy jointly scoring 6 points in a row, maintained a lead of around 10 points by tying up Tyus Jones’ 3-point shot and Morant’s bottom-of-the-box goal. Jackson Jr. dunked 38 seconds before the end of the game, widening the gap to 12 points. It was the moment when Memphis virtually seized the victory. 스포츠토토