The Grizzlies have been a disaster on the road this season and jumped out to a 17-point advantage in the first quarter on Wednesday but were outscored by the Jazz down the stretch. It was not without some drama, though, as Ben McLemore had a monster dunk late but was unable to convert and had to be air balled. He did at least get a quick foul call, though, and the Jazz were able to draw some fouls.
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That seemed to inspire Utah and it went on an 8-2 run to close to within one point. Then Jaren Jackson gave the Grizzlies a four-point lead with 4:46 left and got fouled by Rudy Gobert, resulting in a rare made three-pointer in the NBA. But the Jazz found a way to keep the Grizzlies from extending the lead. Derrick Favors got a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Jackson finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds and was 8 of 12 from the field, while Marc Gasol had a quiet 22 points and was 8 of 16 from the field.
With the win, the Grizzlies improved to 12-30, leaving them ahead of the Western Conference cellar-dwelling Jazz on the league’s schedule. But the teams will face each other just once this season and have split the first two meetings. The Clippers played the Suns on Wednesday so that was the only remaining game between the two teams, and it’s scheduled for Jan. 27. If they do meet again, it’ll be on the road.