Full-strength Nets overpower the Grizzlies and Steven Adams in the second half, pulling off a 127 – 115 victory.
The Grizzlies started the game well without 3 of their main scoring options: Ja Morant, Desman Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. Adams and Dillon Brooks picked up the scoring load in the first half, with Adams dominating the paint and scoring at will with 12 points (85.7% shooting). One of the highlights in the first half was when Adams stole a bad pass and then cut through the middle with a beautiful layup:
Memphis was able to outscore the Nets and took a 62 – 57 lead in the first half.
With all the drama this season, the Nets were able to give the fans a glimpse of how good this squad can be. After 6 points in the first half, Kevin Durant was able to score 20 in the second half. KD now scored at least 25 in all 17 games so far this season, tied with Rick Barry’s record during the 1966-67 season. Ben Simmons scored a season-high of 22 points with only 13 shots taken. The nets have 7 players scoring double figures, including Yuta Watanabe making 4 Three-point barrages in a row during the fourth quarter.
Dillion Brooks scored 31 points. Adams contributed a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Adams continue his free-throw shooting slump making only 1 out of 8.
Morant and Bane would be out for at least 2 weeks due to injuries.
The Kiwi and Aussie friendly rivalry continue.
When the game ended, Adams shared a moment with Patty Mills. Adams has played 42 games in total against Mills since he entered NBA in 2013. Which makes Mills the opponent that he played against the most in NBA.
How will Coach Jenkins make the adjustment? This is the big question for Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday when the red-hot Sacramento Kings come to town. The kings have now won 6 games in a row.