NBA: the Grizzlies blown by the Hawks in numerical inferiority

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FILE – Tyus Jones #21 of the Memphis Grizzlies gestures during the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on November 02, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. The Memphis Grizzlies won 111-106. Alika Jenner/Getty Images/AFP

Tyus Jones had 22 points and 11 assists, and the host Memphis Grizzlies won their sixth straight game, earning a 128-103 win over the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Jones was 8 for 14 from the field, including four 3-pointers, to go along with three interceptions. He topped the 20-point mark for the third time this season and the second time in four games.

Dillon Brooks added 18 points, Santi Aldama had 16 and Jaren Jackson Jr. had a career-high 15 points, seven rebounds and eight blocked shots. The Grizzlies scored seven players in double figures.

The Hawks were without four starters: top scorer Trae Young (fullback), top rebounder Clint Capela (left Achilles), John Collins (left ankle) and Dejounte Murray (left ankle), as well as top backup Bogdan Bogdanovic (outside management). injuries).

De’Andre Hunter, the lone regular starter in the roster, scored 19 points. Aaron Holiday scored 15 points and Jalen Johnson added 14 points and nine rebounds. AJ Griffin and Frank Kaminsky each scored 13 points.

Memphis took an early 27-17 lead, but the Hawks scored 10 straight points to tie the game. From that moment on, the Grizzlies picked up the momentum and never let it go. Memphis finished the first quarter on an 8-2 run and led 35-29 heading into the second quarter.

The Grizzlies got 10 points from Aldama in the second and led 62-51 at halftime. After Aldama’s 3-pointer at 3:04 put Memphis ahead 55-45, the Grizzlies never led by less than 10 points the rest of the game.

The Grizzlies played without Ja Morant (right thigh), Steven Adams (right ankle) and Desmond Bane (right big toe).

It was the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Atlanta had won two straight games at Memphis.

Atlanta continues its three-game road trip Wednesday in Orlando. Memphis ends its five-game homestand Thursday against Milwaukee.


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