The Memphis Grizzlies are flying!
They extend their best winning streak in the league to 10 games after beating the Golden State Warriors at the FedEx Forum, 116-108.
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Ja Morant led all scorers with 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Jaren Jackson Jr. posted his second straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie Ziaire Williams added 17 points as the Grizzlies edged the Warriors 29-18 in the fourth quarter, earning their second win in three games against the Dubs this season.
With the victory, they are now tied for third in the Western Conference standings and just 3.0 games behind the No. 1 seed.
Let’s dive into some of the key numbers behind his winning streak.
10: A franchise first
The Grizzlies’ 10-game streak is the longest in franchise history, two more than their previous best of eight, which came in 2015 by the Grit and Grind Grizzlies.
Not only have they been beating the bad teams, but they have also rocked the Western Conference standings with key wins over contending teams, including the Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers (twice). like the Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Clippers.
Overall, the Grizzlies have won 20 of their last 24 games.
Their next games will be at home against the Timberwolves, who have won four of the last five, followed by a matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, who have won six in a row.
The Grizzlies have been the best teams in rebounding all season and during the streak, they have accelerated it, punishing teams on both offense and defense.
They lead the league in rebounds per game (523), offensive rebounds (15.3) and second chance points (20.7) and second in bounce percentage (52.6), beating the teams every night.
Big man Steven Adams leads the team, averaging 9.4 boards per night, but they’re doing it by committee, with seven different players averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game in Morant, Jackson, Desmond Bane, De’Anthony Melton, Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke, and John Konchar.
4: lock it up
Throughout their 10-game streak, the Grizzlies have the fourth-ranked defense in the league, conceding only 104.8 points per 100 possessions, trailing only the Warriors, Celtics and Mavericks in that span.
This season, they’ve leaned on the defensive end, especially in the streak of games that Morant missed and lead league in steals (10.2) and blocks (6.3) in the season.
When you say it out loud, it sounds crazy, but the Grizzlies point guard is giving off a great Derrick Rose vibe in 2011.
Ja Morant scored 15 points in the 1st quarter tonight. He also scored 18 points in the third quarter against the Warriors on October 28. No other player has multiple 15-point quarters against the Warriors this season. pic.twitter.com/luvEtgDewc
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 12, 2022
During the Grizzlies’ streak, he was seen as the best player in the league, being named Western Conference Player of the Week in consecutive weeks, averaging 29.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists with 53 percent shooting from the field and 53 percent from 3-point shots. -dit line.
During the streak, the Grizzlies also lead the league in points in the paint (62.2), with Morant only surpassed by Giannis Antetokounmpo in points in the paint in that span at (17.6), while leading the league in fast break points per game (5.8).