Grayson Allen scored 17 of his season-high 30 points in the third quarter to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 131-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Ja Morant added 14 of his 19 points in the Grizzlies’ decisive third quarter. Memphis outscored Atlanta 43-23 in the third quarter to put an end to a close game.
“Our guys just took it to another level,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “I know those guys weren’t satisfied. They weren’t pleased with how we started the game.”
Allen’s big game came just one night after Dillon Brooks set a season high with 28 points in a 124-112 victory over Miami.
“A lot of different guys can just give us a spark of offense in any given moment,” Allen said.
In the Grizzlies’ fourth straight victory, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Atlanta’s four-game winning streak has come to an end.
Atlanta was led by Bogdan Bogdanovic, who scored 24 points. Trae Young led the team with 14 points and 11 assists.
Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari were added to Atlanta’s already long injury list, which also included De’Andre Hunter and John Collins, leaving the Hawks without four of their top five scorers for the season. Only Young remained in the top five.
Atlanta’s inside defense was led by rookie center Onyeka Okongwu, who made his second start, and forward Solomon Hill, who had the difficult task of opposing Valanciunas. Okongwu had 13 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs.
Morant was scoreless until his layup with 1:29 remaining in the first half, one night after finishing with 10 points and 10 assists in a win over Miami. Morant was fouled but failed to convert the free throw.
Morant stepped up his offense in the third quarter, allowing the Grizzlies to pull away. Memphis led 67-64 at halftime before opening the third quarter with a 29-11 run that increased the lead to 96-75. Morant scored seven of the Grizzlies’ first eleven points of the game. –ESPN