Temple, Jackson Jr. lead Grizzlies past Hawks 131-117
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 20, 2018 11:10 AM
Memphis Grizzlies guard Garrett Temple (17) shoots between Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len, left, forward DeAndre' Bembry (95), and guard Kevin Huerter, right, as Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) moves for position in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
By Clay Bailey, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Newcomer Garrett Temple scored 30 points, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 as the Memphis Grizzlies built a first-half lead and coasted to a 131-117 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Temple, picked up in a July trade from the Sacramento Kings, missed only one of his 11 shots, making 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Jackson, the fourth overall pick in last summer's draft, was 8 of 12 from the floor as Memphis collected its first win of the young season.
Taurean Prince led the Hawks with 28 points, while Trae Young, the No. 5 overall pick in the draft, added 20 on 7-for-18 shooting. Miles Plumlee and DeAndre' Bembry each added 12 points.
Mike Conley finished with 16 points and 11 assists for Memphis.
The Hawks, considered one of the league's weakest teams, fell way off the pace in the second quarter when the Grizzlies outscored Atlanta 40-28. From there, Atlanta never really threatened and Memphis extended its lead to 25 points in the third quarter.
Memphis, which shot 29.8 percent in Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) loss at Indiana, reversed that trend against the Hawks. The Grizzlies finished the game connecting on 54 percent of their shots, including 13-for-26 shooting from beyond the arc.
As badly as Memphis played in the season-opening loss to the Pacers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), the Grizzlies offense was clicking in the first half. Memphis shot 63 percent from the field, including 10 of 14 from 3-point range. Temple had 20 points before the break, converting all five of his shots from outside the arc.
That helped Memphis match its most points ever in a half for a 77-61 lead at the break.
Prince and Young led the Atlanta offense. Young scoring 16 points, while Prince collected 15.
Hawks: F Omari Spellman sat out with a sore left ankle after rolling it in Wednesday night's (Thursday, PHL time) loss to the Knicks. . Young's corner 3-pointer came just before the buzzer ending the first quarter, giving him 13 points in the frame. He was outdone by 15 from Prince. . Prince picked up four fouls in the first half.
Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol was a game-time decision with a sore back. He finshed with 13 points. . Memphis had 77 points in the second half against Golden State on Jan. 3, 2007. The previous first-half standard was 74 on two occasions. . Temple made his first six shots before his only miss with 7:37 left in the third period. His career-high is 34 against Orlando last season, when he was with Sacramento. . Starting F JaMychal Green left in the third quarter with a mouth injury and did not return.
Hawks: At Cleveland on Sunday (Monday, PHL time)
Grizzlies: At Utah on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).