Canadian Dillon Brooks shines in playoff debut as Grizzlies stun Jazz – fr

Canadian Dillon Brooks shines in playoff debut as Grizzlies stun Jazz – fr

SALT LAKE CITY – Dillon Brooks had 31 points and seven rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Utah Jazz 112-109 on Sunday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.
The eighth seeded Grizzlies put Jazz, the first seed in the Western Conference, in a first hole. Game 2 of the Wednesday night series.

Brooks set a single-game franchise point record for a Memphis player making his NBA playoff debut, surpassing the 24 points Marc Gasol scored against San Antonio on April 17, 2011.

Ja Morant added 26 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Kyle Anderson added 14 points.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Jazz. Mike Conley had 22 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. Rudy Gobert added 15 rebounds and 11 points, and Derrick Favors finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Bogdanovic had five free throws in the last minute to help Utah reduce Memphis’ lead to 110-109 with 6.4 seconds left. Brooks lay-up on the other end, and Bogdanovic missed a 3-point try with 1.9 seconds remaining that would have forced overtime.

Donovan Mitchell was scratched late from the roster while rehabilitating his sprained right ankle. He hasn’t appeared in a Jazz game since April 16.

The Jazz struggled to generate a constant attack in his absence. Utah shot just 12 of 47 from a distance of 3 points.

Utah reduced a double-digit deficit to 60-59 following a layup from Bogdanovic. Then Brooks took over. He scored 14 points on 7 of 10 shots in the third quarter. Brooks capped his scoring flurry with back-to-back baskets that extended the Grizzlies’ lead to 78-68.

Memphis led by a whopping 17 points in the fourth, coming up 94-77 on a Tyus Jones jumper, before the Jazz rallied late.

Utah saw an attacking drought for much of the first quarter. The Jazz made a single basket over a seven-minute period while committing six turnovers. The Jazz achieved a total of eight sales during the quarter.

Memphis led 17-14 on a three-point play from Dillon Brooks, but couldn’t gain ground against the Jazz defense.

The Grizzlies missed 14 straight shots in a seven-minute span spanning the first and second quarters. That opened the door for Utah’s 15-0 run, highlighted by back-to-back baskets from Gobert for a 29-17 lead.

Memphis responded with a 31-7 run, starting at the end of the second quarter and edging 53-43 early in the third. Brooks and Morant combined for six baskets and 17 points to fuel the push.


Grizzlies: Anderson notched six career-high steals, setting a playoff record in one game. ? The Grizzlies overtake Utah 62-42 in paint. ? Memphis announced on Sunday that it will increase the capacity of the FedEx Forum from 40% to 55% for the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Jazz: Favors tied their season with four blocks. ? Clarkson was 0 of 8 on a 3-point range, scoring a 94-game streak making at least one at 3 points. ? Gobert fouled with 4:25 to go. ? Utah did not commit revenue in the fourth quarter.


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