NBA: Grizzlies dominate down low, get best of Heat

FILE Yus Jones #21 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles during the first inning against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 15, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

FILE–Tyus Jones #21 by Memphis Grizzlies. Pictures of Dylan Buell/Getty/AFP

Tyus Jones, in place of the injured Ja Morant, scored a career-high 28 points and added 10 of his best assists as hosts Memphis Grizzlies beat the Miami Heat 101-93 on Monday night.

Tyler Herro leads Miami with 23 points and 13 rebounds, but he’s only made 3 out of 11 3-pointers. Jimmy Butler added 18 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Memphis, the team improved to 9-2 at home, without the top three goalscorers: Morant (left ankle), Desmond Bane (right big toe sprain) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (right leg).

Memphis has won five of its past six games.

The Grizzlies also had 18 points and 10 rebounds from Santi Aldama, and Dillon Brooks added 17 points.

Miami, leading only 3-9, has only 24 points to Memphis’ 64.

Miami took a 32-27 lead at the end of the first half, thanks in part to Caleb Martin’s 4/5 shot trying to score three points. Memphis had a 20-6 advantage in the round on paint points, which reduced the Grizzlies’ ability to shoot 1 to 10 from outside the arc. Miami shot deep 6 to 9.

Memphis went on to run 11-2 – capped by a Kennedy Chandler strike and three points in consecutive possession – to take a 45-40 lead with 4:09 remaining in the second half.

At halftime, Memphis led 58-51. Jones had 17 points, 7 assists and no diversions in the first half, after shooting 7/9 from the floor, including 2/2 from 3 points. Herro led Miami with 15 points before halftime.

Miami cuts the deficit to 82-77 in three quarters. The margin might have been closer, but Gabe Vincent’s 35-foot hit was delivered in a split second after the third quarter’s whistle. Memphis continued to maintain its dominance at the low end in the third quarter with a 14-8 advantage in points in the paint.

Memphis showed it in the fourth round, winning despite only shooting 8 to 32 (25%) from a distance during the match.

Miami deep shot 14 to 40 (35%).

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