NBA: Grizzlies withdraw in fourth quarter, blow up Bulls

Jaren Jackson Jr.  #13 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles against the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center on January 23, 2023 in Sacramento, California.

FILE–Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 by Memphis Grizzlies. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 13 of his 24 points in the 4th quarter to help ignite the crucial period, 32-14 for the Memphis Grizzlies en route to a 104-89 win over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.

Chicago – meeting Memphis on a three-game winning streak and playing the second leg head-to-head – cleared 10 points at halftime thanks to a 36-23 scoreline in the third half. The teams played back and forth for the first five minutes of the final round before the Grizzlies went into the deciding period with a score of 10-0.

The burst was part of a 22-7 longer surge that lasted the final 7 and a half minutes of the game.

Jackson took the lead with assistance from Ja Morant, who finished the game with a top 34 in the game, and Brandon Clarke, who came on from the bench with 13 points – seven in the fourth half. Clarke also scored a team-high 13 rebounds, while teammate Desmond Bane scored 17 points.

Clarke scored three goals in the final period right from the box, contributing to Memphis’ 54-34 advantage in points in the paint.

The Grizzlies also have a significant advantage with Chicago’s 18 points after 20 games. Memphis lost the ball 14 times, which the Bulls could only convert to 8 points.

Nikola Vucevic led Chicago, playing without DeMar DeRozan (hip), scoring 28 points and hitting a game-high 17 rebounds. Zach LaVine adds 24 points. Ayo Dosunmu was the only other Chicago scorer to cross the finish line with double the number, picking up 14 points.

The Grizzlies have lost three games in a row and lost eight of their past nine games before Tuesday.

Memphis’ attack fell short of the season average of 116.0 points per game for the sixth straight game and the eighth in the past nine outings.

However, the 89 points brought by the Grizzlies mark the lowest total score for a Memphis opponent this season. Memphis held the Bulls to 32 of 87 shots from the floor (36.8%), including 7 of 35 successes (20%) from three points.

The Grizzlies shot 39 to 81 (48.1%) from the floor and 11 to 33 (33.3%) from 3 points.

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