The Memphis Grizzlies have not missed the first opportunity to return to their winning ways after the Dallas Mavericks broke their streak of eleven consecutive wins. Coinciding with the special day for Martin Luther King Day, the bears added an impressive victory (106-119) against a Chicago Bulls weighed down by significant casualties.
Both teams began the game interspersing errors in execution and turnovers until the Grizzlies took control with a 15-3 run in the second quarter that would keep them ahead for the rest of the duel. In fact, Taylor Jenkins’ men were far superior on both sides of the court, increasing the gap to 28 points.
Although Ja Morant and Desmond Bane were the main offensive catalysts for the Grizzlies, with 25 points each, the point that unbalanced the balance was the contribution of the bench. The second unit maintained a high level of play, adding 51 points, showing itself to be far superior to that of some shallower Bulls due to the absence of players like Zach LaVine, Alex Caruso or Lonzo Ball, which did not allow them to keep exchanging blows .
Thus, DeMar DeRozan (24 points) did not have reliable support throughout the duel despite the remarkable performance of rookie Ayo Dosunmu (15 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals) and Coby White (16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists). In addition, the Bulls paid dearly for their 18 turnovers, which resulted in 21 points conceded by a very dangerous Grizzlies in transition.
The Bulls would make up the result in the final moments but the truth is that Memphis was much superior and effective since he took the reins in the second quarter. Thus, the Grizzlies keep the pulse in the upper zone of the Western Conference, while Chicago, despite adding its fourth consecutive loss, maintains the leadership of the East favored by the Nets’ stumble in Cleveland.
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