In the home finale, the Memphis Grizzlies sent their fans home happy with a rare victory in a disappointing season.
MarShon Brooks scored 25 points, Dillon Brooks added 22 and the Grizzlies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 130-117 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Of the Grizzlies’ 22 wins this season, 16 were at home, a far cry from the last seven years when the final home game was just a stopping point before the playoffs.
I understand how tough it’s been for everyone, said center Marc Gasol, who applauded fans as he left the floor in the closing minutes, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. For them to still show support through the bad and the worse and how bad it really got, to me it means a lot.
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We weren’t very locked in defensively, Kennard said, adding: We weren’t engaged defensively from the start.
Interim Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the victory was a reward for everyone involved as a season — among the worst since the franchise moved to Memphis in 2001.
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The guys are deserving, but our fans are deserving too, Bickerstaff said. I think our guys understood that from the beginning of the game. Through the ups and downs, the fans have stuck with us, and they deserve the performance Authentic Brad Boxberger Jersey our guys put on (Sunday).
Pistons: F Blake Griffin missed his sixth straight game with a right ankle bone bruise. … Andre Drummond posted his 10th straight double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds. … Ellenson’s previous career high was 15 points on April 7, 2017, at Houston.
Now the question remaining is how far can Utah rise?
The Jazz still have plenty at stake when they host Golden State on Tuesday night. Not only can Utah claim the season series with the Warriors with another victory, they can keep hopes for claiming the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference alive. Portland currently leads the Jazz by a game in the race for that seed and the two division rivals face off on Wednesday.
In a real sense, every game still counts for Utah. And the Jazz don’t want to coast into the postseason.
We want to stay right where we are at, if not, keep going higher, Donovan Mitchell told reporters on Thursday. We want to keep working and keep doing what we’ve been doing. If we keep playing like this we’ll be in good shape.