Dillon Brooks leads Grizzlies over Cavaliers, 101-91
Dillon Brooks scored 21 points, and Jonas Valanciunas notched 2 of his 12 points on an important put-back with less than two minutes remaining as the Memphis Grizzlies rallied to beat the host Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-91, on Monday.
Brooks topped his team-high scoring efficiency on a deep 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds staying, the final points of a game-sealing 7-0 run for the Grizzlies. The decisive stretch started on Valanciunas’ put-back, which was one of the center’s seven rebounds.
Cleveland tracked by 16 points in the late third quarter, however Isaac Okoro’s 3-pointer sparked a 19-4 run that extended into the fourth quarter. Memphis endured a 3:27 scoring dry spell while the Cavaliers eliminated the deficit.
The teams then exchanged prolonged scoreless spells, and the lead, during the final duration. Cleveland pulled ahead after another Grizzlies dry spell of 2:20, however Memphis gained back the benefit during a 6-0 burst covering 1:58.
De’Anthony Melton scored half of his eight points over the 6-0 run, which gave Memphis a lead it did not relinquish.
Brandon Clarke scored 15 points for the Grizzlies, Tyus Jones included 13 with seven assists, and Kyle Anderson scored 8 points with 9 assists. Thirty-two of Memphis’ 40 field goals were assisted.