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Grizzlies sent their fans home happy with a rare victory in a disappointing season.
MarShon Brooks scored 25 points, Dillon Brooks added 22 and the Grizzlies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 130-117 victory over the Detroit
Pistons on Sunday.
Of the Grizzlies’ 22 wins this season, 16 were at home, a far cry from the last seven years when the final home game was just a stopping point
before the playoffs.
”I understand how tough it’s been for everyone,” said center Marc Gasol, who applauded fans as he left the floor in the closing minutes,
finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. ”For them to still show support through the bad and the worse and how bad it really got,
to me it means a lot.”
Kobi Simmons matched Gasol with a career-high 20 points, converting 7 of 10 shots.
Anthony Tolliver led the Pistons with 19 points, and Luke Kennard added 18, including making all four of his shots from outside the arc. Henry
Ellenson had a career-high 17 points.
The game featured 3-point sprees from the two teams – both reaching season highs on made shots from beyond the arc. Memphis made 16 from outside the
arc; the Pistons made a franchise-record 23 Tedric
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But throughout his postgame comments, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy harped on the defensive effort.
”Our defense was horrendous,” he said. ”I mean (the Grizzlies) are the next to the worst offensive team in the league, and they scored over 30
(points) in every quarter. … Our effort was bad, our concentration was bad. We were terrible defensively.”
Memphis led by 20 in the first half, but a late rally in the second period left the Grizzlies with a 62-56 lead at the break. While Detroit got close
a couple of times in the third quarter, it could never overtake Memphis. The Grizzlies led by double digits the bulk of the fourth quarter. Detroit
got closer than nine points only once in the final 7 minutes.
”We weren’t very locked in defensively,” Kennard said, adding: ”We weren’t engaged defensively from the start.”
Interim Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the victory was a reward for everyone involved as a season – among the worst since the franchise moved
to Memphis in 2001.
”The guys are deserving, but our fans are deserving too,” Bickerstaff said. ”I think our guys understood that from the beginning of the game.
Through the ups and downs, the fans have stuck with us Malcolm Mitchell Jersey , and they deserve the performance our guys put on (Sunday).”
Pistons: F Blake Griffin missed his sixth straight game with a right ankle bone bruise. … Andre Drummond posted his 10th straight double-double with
12 points and 18 rebounds. … Ellenson’s previous career high was 15 points on April 7, 2017, at Houston.
Grizzlies: Ben McLemore started the game 4-4, including a trio of 3-pointers, and finished with 13 points. … While Gasol was one rebound and an
assists shy of a triple-double, Dillon Brooks also flirted with the standard. In addition to his 22 points, he had eight rebounds and eight
Ellenson, a 6-foot-11 forward in his second season out of Marquette, collected his career-high by converting 6 of 10 shots, including 4 of 6 from
outside the arc. He entered the game averaging 3.1 points. ”He’s really a good player. It’s not a secret,” Tolliver said about Ellenson Amara Darboh Jersey , the 18th overall pick in the 2016
draft. ”There’s a reason why was such a high draft pick. He has a lot of potential. He’s just a young guy trying to find his way.”
The Grizzlies recorded season-highs in several categories, including points (130), field goal percentage (57.8 percent) and 3-pointers made (16). They
also had a season-best 36 assists.
Pistons: Host Toronto on Monday night.
Grizzlies: Hit the road for their final two games starting in Minnesota on Monday night.
Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 26 points apiece, and even Giannis Antetokounmpo tipped in a basket for the Celtics on Saturday night to help
Boston beat Milwaukee 112-96 in Game 7 of their first-round series and eliminate the Bucks and the Greek Freak from the playoffs.
Horford had eight rebounds, Rozier had nine assists and Jayson Tatum added 20 points for the Celtics, who rode the home-court advantage to win all
four games in Boston and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year.
They will meet the Philadelphia 76ers, with Game 1 in Boston on Monday night.
Khris Middleton scored 32, Eric Bledsoe had 23 and Antetokounmpo had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks. Milwaukee has advanced from the first
round of the playoffs just once since 1989, losing nine straight playoff series since Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell brought George Karl to
the Eastern Conference finals in 2001.
Playing in their NBA-record 31st Game 7, the Celtics improved to 20-4 at home and 23-8 overall in best-of-seven clinchers. It was the second Game 7 at
the TD Garden this week, with the Boston Bruins beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night to advance in the NHL playoffs.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Kevin Durant had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Draymond Green dazzled all over the floor with his fourth career postseason
triple-double, and the Golden State Warriors thoroughly overmatched the New Orleans Pelicans.
Green finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks and just with his hustle and energy helped the defending champions
pull away with a superb, decisive second quarter.
Now, they likely get Stephen Curry back for Game 2 on Tuesday night and all that he brings – even if in a limited role initially.
Anthony Davis had 21points and 10 rebounds, scoring 10 in the first quarter before having a tougher time generating shots the rest of the way to
finish 9 for 20. Jrue Holiday was held to 4-for-14 shooting and 11 points.
Golden State again played without two-time MVP Curry, who has been sidelined since March 23 with a sprained left knee. Coach Steve Kerr called it
”very likely” Curry would play Game 2 in the best-of-seven series.
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