Not surprisingly, this game was dominated by defense. The fourth quarter helped the final score become less abnormal, but in the end it was 88-79, with the Memphis Grizzlies winning the game. The Utah Jazz made a run right at the end to give Memphis fans a scare, but they never got closer than five points.
Chandler Parsons was again on a minutes restriction because of his illness. He played well in his 15 minutes, making 3 of his 4 attempts from the field en route to scoring 9 points. The Grizzlies have a reason to be optimistic with the way he played against the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz.
Even though both offenses were anemic for the first three quarters, there were still some crazy plays made. The first was a steal and a buzzer beating three-pointer by Vince Carter at the end of the first half. This is the kind of shot that Carter has made his entire career. The second awesome play was a three-pointer made by Gordon Hayward in which he was fouled hard. He did make his free throw, capitalizing on the four-point play opportunity.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) January 9, 2017
That Vince Carter guy has a future in this league….😏 pic.twitter.com/Q1ZY3pFdQW
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) January 9, 2017
There were three notable performances for the Jazz. The first, a 22 point game by star player Gordon Hayward. George Hill pitched in 15 points, and Trey Lyles, the second-year player out of Kentucky, scored 11 points in 11 minutes. Not too shabby.
Marc Gasol scored 17 points for the Grizzlies, along with 3 steals. Mike Conley, the highest paid player in the NBA, scored 19 points and dished out 9 assists. Zach Randolph finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The win for Memphis puts them at 24-16, and bumps them ahead of the Jazz in the playoff standings. With this loss, the Jazz are now 23-16. The fourth through the seventh seeds in the Western Conference are tightly contested, so this matchup may mean a lot more as we get closer to the end of the season. These two teams play again on January 28th in Utah. Expect for it to be a heated game, as the Jazz will be looking for revenge in front of their home crowd.