The Grizzlies stormed the Crypto.com Arena this morning and, contrary to what the 119-127 reflected in the final score may suggest, they did so overwhelmingly. The Tennessee team overwhelmed the Lakers for many minutes and managed by up to 29 points of difference in the fourth quarter, a distance that only the relaxation of the garbage minutes managed to reduce. In this way, Jenkins’ men added their ninth consecutive victory, ending the Los Angeles four-game winning streak and moving closer to third place in the West.
Those from Memphis actually achieved the best streak in the history of the franchise, an already exciting fact that is even more exciting considering the sensations they offered on the Los Angeles floor. With the usual energy and hunger, they were superior in absolutely every aspect of the game, gradually turning the crash into an absolute beating and having fun and amusement with continuous highlights.
Ja Morant, as usual, was the protagonist of several of them, including a huge two-handed plug to Avery Bradley or a alley-oop to the counterattack perfectly served by Desmond Bane. It was precisely Bane who finished as the top visitor scorer with 23 points, thanks to his 5/8 in triples, while the point guard stayed at 16 but also contributed 7 assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. also finished outstanding, second in scoring with 21 points and absolute dominator of the paint with his 12 rebounds and 6 blocks.
A 21-0 to reflect
In the Lakers, the picture was absolutely the opposite. After a streak of games in which the results had begun to arrive and the sensations seemed to improve, the Californians offered a devastating image this morning in which LeBron James was the only important name to save himself from burning. With 35 points, the forward was the only starter in double digits, and with 9 rebounds and 7 assists he rounded out a good individual performance that also allowed him to surpass Oscar Robertson as the seventh highest assistant in league history, but not even with it could hold his own in one night to be forgotten.
Except for LeBron and his 73.7% accuracy, the rest of the Angelenos starters signed an 8/39 in shots from the field (20.5% of effectiveness) that made it impossible to stand up. Russell Westbrook, with a 2/12, finished especially noted in this regard, and not even his 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 0 losses could compensate for such a scoring blackout in which he is called to be one of the key men of this team.
With the shock decided, Vogel chose to throw in the towel and give minutes to the less usual, and this was precisely the only moment in which his team offered a dignified image. With a quintet made up of Austin Reaves, Wayne Ellington, Kent Bazemore, Trevor Ariza and DeAndre Jordan, the locals signed a 21-0 run in 4 minutes that markedly made up the result and even forced Jenkins to make the headlines again. to avoid major scares. Obviously, the context in which said partial took place makes it absurd to draw definitive conclusions in this regard, but it is still significant that men like Reaves or Ellington, both authors of 16 points, had to go out and clean the image of the Lakers.
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