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Jaren Jackson Jr. lifts Grizzlies to eighth straight win

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Jan 8, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 26 points, Desmond Bane shot 5-of-8 from 3-point range and scored 23 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies used a dominant second quarter to overwhelm the Los Angeles Clippers, 123-108, Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Memphis began the first leg of a weekend back-to-back in Los Angeles with leading scorer Ja Morant sidelined due to a thigh injury. With Morant’s production missing (25.0 points, 6.6 assists per game this season), the Grizzlies struggled early and fell behind by as many as 12 points in the first quarter.

A 10-0 run early in the second quarter sparked a 38-20 period for Memphis, and the visiting Grizzlies never trailed in the second half en route to their eighth straight win.

Despite the team going just 44-for-100 from the floor and 12-for-38 from the floor, Memphis had four players score at least 18 points. Tyus Jones scored 18, dished five assists and grabbed five rebounds, and Brandon Clarke came off the bench for an 18-point, game-high 15-rebound double-double.

The Grizzlies converted 13 Los Angeles turnovers into 23 points, a pivotal part of Saturday’s final. The Clippers scored just nine points on 10 Memphis turnovers.

Jackson added eight rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals in the victory.

De’Anthony Melton approached a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds. He also passed a game-high six assists.

Melton helped fill a void in the backcourt with Dillon Brooks pulled less than a minute into the second quarter. Brooks sustained an apparent ankle injury on a fast break that required him to be helped off the floor.

Marcus Morris Sr. scored a game-high 29 points for Los Angeles, which included 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. The Clippers went just 10-for-32 from beyond the arc as a team, and Reggie Jackson (18 points) and Brandon Boston Jr. (13) off the bench were the only other Clippers to score in double figures.

Terance Mann and Nicolas Batum each scored nine points. Mann matched Morris’ team-high of eight rebounds.

–Field Level Media