Already without injured point guard Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett would not be available to suit up tonight, as he would serve a one-game suspension due to the incident that occurred with him and Rockets center Dwight Howard the previous game. This game was coach Lionel Hollins' first time going up against his former team. Hollins had severed as an interim coach twice, before being a full time head coach from 2011-2013 for Memphis.
Brooklyn started off the game converting on their first four shots but shortly after that, it became a struggle making a field goal. They went 3 of 13 from the floor while Memphis went on a 9-2 run.
Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee got off to an explosive start, as he hit 3 of 3 from the three-point arc and piled up 15 early points. In the second frame, the Nets were able to pick up the slack, as they went on a 15-4 run to start the quarter. Mirza Teletovic was responsible for nine of those 15 points, as he went a perfect 3 of 3 from downtown. By halftime, the Nets were down by only six.
The game began to look like it already had crowned its winner by the end of the third period, as the Grizzlies found themselves being up big, 82-65. Brooklyn spent the final 12 minutes of the game outscoring Memphis, 27-21, but that would not be enough to grant them a win at home. Ironically, the Nets ended the game shooting at a higher percentage than the opposing team but still came up short.
A major reason Memphis was able to take this road game was because of their dominance inside. They finished with 66 points in the paint, which is the highest amount Brooklyn has allowed since December 20, 2013, in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Another big reason the Grizzlies came up on top was because of their strong defensive effort. They were able to achieve 13 steals as a team.
Zach Randolph recorded a double-double with 20 points and 14 boards. Jeff Green made his Grizzlies debut and sparked the bench with 10 points. Mason Plumlee was the high man for the Nets, as he contributed with 15 points and was one board shy of a double-double. Joe Johnson’s struggles continued to show, as he ended the night going 3 of 12 and put up just eight points. The next two games for Brooklyn will be against the ex-Net Paul Pierce and his Washington Wizards in a back-to-back. Game one will be on January 14th. Meanwhile, Memphis will be back in action against the Orlando Magic, also on that same date.