Brooklyn Nets win second straight in victory over Grizzlies, 118-115

BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 19: Spencer Dinwiddie
BROOKLYN, NY - MARCH 19: Spencer Dinwiddie /

Both the Brooklyn Nets and the Memphis Grizzlies came into Monday night’s game looking for consecutive wins. After a back and forth game, the Nets pulled away late, winning 118-115.

The Brooklyn Nets won consecutive games for the first time since January 21st. Defense was at a premium in the first half, as the Nets went into the break ahead 65-63. Brooklyn overcame 12 turnovers in the half, by hitting seven three pointers, and making 16 free throws.

Caris Levert was a perfect five-of-five including three three pointers and 13 points in the half. He finished with 22 points. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was also active, with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists.

D’Angelo Russell struggled shooting, hitting five of 17 overall and just one out of ten three pointers. He did have seven assists

Allen Crabbe was on fire hitting seven of ten attempts including four three pointers. He had 22 points on the evening.

For the Grizzlies, Chandler Parsons scored 13 points including a couple of threes. He played just 15 minutes coming back from injury, but provided a spark.

Marc Gasol missed the game due to flu-like symptoms.

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Andrew Harrison was playing with an injured right wrist, and played very well. He had 19 points and eight assists. Guard Briante Weber came into the game averaging just two points per game. Weber provided a spark with 15 points for the Grizzlies.

The Nets trailed by seven going into the fourth quarter. They were able to chip away and eventually took the lead. Memphis turnovers coupled with Brooklyn’s three point shooting allowed the Nets to pull away in the fourth.

DeMarre Carroll played a gritty game. His final line: 18 points, six rebounds, and three assists along with high intensity on the defensive end.

The win was not a clean one by any means. Any time you turn the ball over 22 times, and have just five steals, you’re unlikely to win in the NBA. The Nets were able to prevail on the strength of 16 made three point shots, and 30 made free throws.

Those are good trends that will need to continue if Brooklyn wants to extend its winning streak to three. The Nets will look to do that against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

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