Steven Adams had 5 shot attempts in the first quarter alone. That’s more than what he did for the whole game two days ago against OKC. Clearly, the Detroit Pistons’ defence has been focusing mainly on Ja Morant. They were able to limit Morant’s scoring production to 2 points, However, Dillion Brooks was able to step up and made 5 of his 6 shots. The Grizzlies lead 34-27 after one.
In the early second quarter, the Pistons stormed back led by Kevin Knox II who made all of his shoots and free throws with 13 points. However, Memphis had answers for the Pistons from Brandon Clark and Jaren Jackson Jr. The Grizzlies were able to close out the half with an 8-point advantage.
The third quarter was pretty lopsided as the Grizzlies extended the lead all the way to 21 points. The young Pistons without Cade Cunningham just had no answers to a balanced attack and the overwhelming defence. Jackson Jr recorded his third block of the game. This would be his seventh game record 3 or more blocks current season. Adams once again showcased his passing skill with a nice bounce pass to a cutting John Konchar for a beautiful reverse layup:
Unfortunately with 5 minutes remaining in the game, Adams took a hard foul and went down hard from rebounding. He had to be helped off the court into the locker room. Despite this, he was able to finish with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks.
Ja Morant had only 7 points in the first half but came back stronger and finished with 15 points and 12 assists.
Memphis had 6 players score double figures. They never give the lead back and carried it all the way for a 114 – 103 victory over the Pistons.
Steven Adams has become the 4th youngest player in NBA history to reach 2500 career offensive rebounds (29 yrs 140 days) @funakistats
The Grizzlies will play against the Hawks on Monday at home.