Ja Morant helps Grizzlies hand Pistons sixth straight loss

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Posted at 9:48 AM, Feb 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-11 09:48:28-05

DETROIT (AP) — Ja Morant scored 23 points, Steven Adams added 17 points and 14 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies routed the Detroit Pistons 132-107 on Thursday night.

Desmond Bane added 22 points for the Grizzlies, who have won four straight and seven of eight. Memphis had seven players score in double figures.

Jeremi Grant had 20 points for Detroit, which has lost six in a row. Hamidou Diallo added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Pistons have gone 2-12 since winning five of their first eight games of 2022.

The Grizzlies led 65-40 with 2 minutes left in the second quarter, but the Pistons finished the half with a 10-0 run to cut the margin to 15. Memphis outshot Detroit 46% to 36.4% and had 11 points off turnovers to Detroit’s two.

The Pistons quickly cut the deficit to 68-57 in the third quarter, forcing a timeout from Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins.

That was as close as Detroit got in the period, and Memphis had restored the 15-point lead at quarter’s end. The Grizzlies went on a 9-2 run to start the fourth, with Brandon Clarke’s uncontested dunk putting them ahead 104-82.


Grizzlies: Memphis beat the Pistons 118-88 on Jan. 6, the biggest margin of victory for either team in the rivalry. ... Eleven players scored as the Grizzlies took a 41-19 lead in the first quarter.

Pistons: Cade Cunningham missed his fifth straight game with a hip injury. ... The Pistons traded Trey Lyles and Josh Jackson as part of a four-way trade that brought Marvin Bagley III from the Sacramento Kings.


Grizzlies: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

Pistons: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.