Stats to know about the Grizzlies’ 10-game winning streak
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The Memphis Grizzlies are flying!
They extend their best winning streak in the league to 10 games after eliminating the Golden State Warriors at FedEx Forum, 116-108.
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Ja Morant led all scorers with 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds, while Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded his second consecutive double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie Ziaire Williams added 17 points as the Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 29-18 in the fourth quarter, earning their second victory in three games against the Dubs this season.
With the win, they are now tied for third in the Western Conference standings and just 3.0 games off the No. 1 seed.
Let’s dive into some of the key figures behind their streak of success.
10: A franchise first
The Grizzlies’ 10-game streak is the longest in franchise history, two ahead of their previous best-of-eight, which was won in 2015 by the Grit and Grind Grizzlies.
They didn’t just beat bad teams either, they rocked the Western Conference standings with key wins over contending teams including the Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers. (twice), as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers and the LA Clippers.
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Overall, the Grizzlies have won 20 of their last 24 games.
Their next game will be at home against the Timberwolves, who have won four of their last five, followed by one against the Dallas Mavericks, who have won six in a row.
1: break the glass
The Grizzlies have been the best rebounding teams all season and over the course of the streak they have shifted into high gear, punishing the teams on both the offensive and defensive glass.
They lead the league in rebounds per game (52.3), offensive rebounds (15.3) and second chance points (20.7) and sit second in rebound percentage (52.6), topping the teams every evening.
Big man Steven Adams leads the squad, averaging 9.4 boards per night, but they do it per committee, with seven different players averaging at least 4.0 rebounds per game at Morant, Jackson, Desmond Bane, De’Anthony Melton, Kyle Anderson, Brandon Clarke and John Konchar.
4: lock it
In their 10-game streak, the Grizzlies have the league’s fourth-largest defense, giving up just 104.8 points per 100 possessions, behind only the Warriors, Celtics and Mavericks in that span.
This season, they’ve leaned on the defense, especially in Morant’s streak of games missed, and they lead the league in interceptions (10.2) and blocks (6.3) over the season.
Ja for MVP?
When you say it out loud it sounds crazy, but the Grizzlies point guard gives 2011 Derrick Rose some big vibes.
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Ja Morant scored 15 points in the 1st quarter tonight. He also scored 18 points in the 3rd quarter against the Warriors on October 28. No other player has multiple 15-point quarterbacks against the Warriors this season. pic.twitter.com/luvEtgDewc
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 12, 2022
During the Grizzlies’ run, he looked like the best player in the league, being named Western Conference Player of the Week in consecutive weeks, averaging 29.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6, 1 assists on 53 percent of shots from the field and 53 percent of shots from the 3-point line.
During the streak, the Grizzlies also led the league in points in paint (62.2), with Morant being second to Giannis Antetokounmpo for points in paint during that span at (17.6), all leading the league in points per game (5.8). .
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