Grizzlies vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Grizzlies vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Grizzlies vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Memphis Grizzlies (32-16) play against the Denver Nuggets (21-21) at Ball Arena

Game Time: 9:00 PM EST on Friday January 21, 2022

Memphis Grizzlies 122, Denver Nuggets 118 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with a lingering calf issue, I’m told, which is why he didn’t play tonight even though he was in uniform and active. His Nuggets debut likely comes Sunday vs. Detroit. – 1:07 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic on the biggest issue currently facing the Nuggets. In his mind, it’s consistency: “If we can find a golden middle and just be consistent in some areas, that will help us a lot.” – 1:00 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Asked Nikola about Steven Adams: “I think he’s a great player. He’s the most real player ever. He doesn’t talk that much. We are fighting. It’s a wrestle down there. He’s a strong guy. I like the accent. I think he’s having his own language.” – 12:59 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nikola Jokić on Steven Adams:
“I think he’s the most real player.” – 12:53 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nikola Jokić on the additions of DeMarcus Cousins and Bryn Forbes:
“They’re talented players of course. I think they can help us a lot. DeMarcus is an All-Star caliber player.” – 12:49 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
That’s it for postgame and for me @PAKA_FLOCKA. That was fun! Enjoy the rest of your Friday night.
Oh, and after a Grizz win and a Warriors loss, the Grizzlies are now 1.5 games behind them for the 2nd seed in the West. Thanks @DreamShakeSBN 🤝 – 12:30 AM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Last words of Jaren Jackson Jr. during tonight’s postgame:
“Defense wins championships…” – 12:29 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. says the bench was great tonight — and has been all season — with their activity and how hard they play. And they’re hard to beat whenever they’re playing like that – 12:28 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. on where he’s seen his defense take another level: He just wants to be engaged and active at all times, not take possessions off, and be ready at anticipating – 12:27 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. says you just gotta be aggressive and play hard in those spots where Ja Morant and/or Tyus Jones aren’t on the floor – 12:27 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Grizzlies fans might wanna tune in to Houston-Golden State. Warriors down two late in the fourth. – 12:21 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Not the outcome we wanted.
Back in action on Sunday.
nba.com/nuggets/news/n…12:15 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Asked Bryn Forbes whether he asked Gary Harris about Denver. Forbes said he’s talked to Gary a lot of times about it. “That’s my guy.” – 12:14 AM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Ja Morant said he was able to get to his spots on the floor tonight, and when he gets to his spots on the floor, “it’s buckets.”
Morant finished with 38pts (15-26 FG), 6reb, 6ast. – 12:13 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bryn Forbes on playing with Nikola Jokić:
“You think he doesn’t see you and the ball’s in your hands the next second.” – 12:12 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Bryn Forbes on playing with Nikola Jokic: “You think he doesn’t see you, and the ball’s in your hands the next second.” – 12:12 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant on what he tells his teammates between games to keep the confidence up shooting the ball: “Make or miss, take the next shot with a lot of confidence” — he pointed to the work they put in, and how there’s no reason to not go in and take the next one – 12:12 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant on his growth as leader of the team: Experience is helping, and he’s wanting to take more of a scoring load, while making sure he’s setting up the offense to generate the right shots – 12:11 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant said he was able to get to his spots on the floor, and it’s a bucket when he gets to them. He just wants to make the right reads – 12:10 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant on the confidence in the bench delivering in the scoring column each night: It gives them confidence and comfort. They’re keeping the game on their side, and tonight it was Melt’s night – 12:09 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant on Jaren Jackson’s candidacy for DPOTY: “His stats speak for themselves, and they’re deciding not to look at it” – 12:08 AM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
De’Anthony Melton says Jaren Jackson Jr. should definitely be in contention for Defensive Player of the Year. – 12:06 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nuggets coach Michael Malone sounds excited for the upcoming six-game road trip.
Called it a “ridiculous journey throughout the states of America.” – 12:04 AM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons lose in Utah, drop to 1-2 on road trip with finale in Denver on Sunday: detroitnews.com/story/sports/n…12:01 AM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
I asked Coach Jenkins on the importance of the defense tonight and he credited how disciplined the team stayed. Denver was beating them w/ backdoor cuts and getting to the FT line and they cleaned that up in the 2nd half. Grizzlies held Jokic to just 3 FTS and got enough stops. – 12:01 AM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins said they shot the ball well against an aggressive defense. Denver scrambled to the 3-point line, which opened up driving lanes to get to the line — which may cut down the team’s assist numbers – 11:57 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins thinks Ja Morant should be in the MVP conversation, and he said it’s great to hear more people take notice of his impact — especially his impact on winning. He’s a surefire All-Star that’s playing at a MVP level.
@Ja Morant #NBAAllStar11:56 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins’s description of defensive effort: It was huge, as Denver was killing them on backdoor cuts and getting to the line. Had to clean those up, and it changed the game too.
Pointed out how they held Jokic to 3 FTs instead of double-digit numbers he usually gets – 11:55 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone said that DeMarcus Cousins didn’t play because they want to take it slow following “whatever ailment he’s had.”
So, alrighty then. – 11:54 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins praised the activity and spark the Grizzlies bench provided, and they really carried things through the 4th quarter – 11:53 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins said that play between Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson at the end of the game was the biggest play/shot of the game – 11:51 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Malone said “hopefully” DeMarcus Cousins will be available on Sunday. Said tomorrow will be one more rehab day for whatever ailment he’s going through (his words). – 11:51 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins here for postgame. He said Ja Morant was awesome, and he did a great job of picking his spots and getting the offensive flowing through transition play and ball movement – 11:50 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Malone said walking off the floor Bryn Forbes told him “my bad” after a 4-of-13 debut.
Malone told him don’t apologize. – 11:49 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Malone has to separate his personal and professional feelings for Facu. Because Facu (like Rivers) is a professional. Practices the right way, does the little things off the court, handles his business, is a leader. But professional does not equal good, and it’s hurting Denver. – 11:49 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies hold off the Denver Nuggets to get a 122-118 win. @bsmart21 with the Quick Recap: https://t.co/AToJrI64wv pic.twitter.com/xhG6dEs05p11:48 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Heading to the Loser’s Lounge on a Friday night. Come join us.
✅ Jokic keeps rolling
✅ Bench keeps struggling
✅ Grading Bryn Forbes’ debut
youtube.com/watch?v=HyxYGX…11:47 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic is playing such great basketball right now.
26-11-12 on 11/16 shooting. 4th straight triple-double. – 11:43 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
walk in your trap, take over your trap. pic.twitter.com/EzcCSFTT1511:43 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
In the event these two teams end up tied in the standings at the end of the season, the Grizzlies officially won the season-series tiebreaker over the Nuggets, as they’re up 3-0 with 1 more trip to Denver in April – 11:41 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
crazy Denver stat in the loss: Nuggets had 34 assists on 43 made FG
(Jokic had 12 of the 34 assists) – 11:40 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB.
GRIZZ DUB. pic.twitter.com/CRB4efeCeX11:39 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Final: Grizzlies 122 Nuggets 118
Ja Morant had 38 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 20 points. The Grizzlies shot 44% on threes. The win snaps a six-game losing streak in Denver that dates back to February of 2017. Big win. – 11:39 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic tonight: 3 free-throw attempts – 11:39 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Ja Morant tonight:
38 PTS
6 REB
6 AST
It’s his 11th 35-point game, by far the most in Grizzlies history. pic.twitter.com/DsQgOK7BoZ11:39 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Final
Nuggets 118
Grizzlies 122
Ja: 38 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists
Melton: 21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Trip: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks
Ziaire: 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals – 11:39 PM
Chip Crain @3Shadesofblue
Grizz beat Nugget and cough, the refs 3-0 against Denver this year. – 11:38 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Facundo Campazzo is -234 this season, the worst +/- by a player on a .500 team.
That’s -111 worse than the next worst player. pic.twitter.com/2TeoxwKtDs11:38 PM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Grizzlies defeat the Nuggets, 122-118!
Morant: 38pts, 6reb, 6ast
Jackson Jr.: 20pts, 5reb, 4blk
Melton: 21pts, 9reb, 3ast
Williams: 17pts, 5reb, 1blk, 2stl – 11:38 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets’ last two losses are all on their bench. Denver’s bench got crushed in a two-minute stretch to open the fourth quarter vs. Utah on Sunday. Tonight vs. Memphis, the second unit gets run in the second half again. Denver’s bench scores two points in the second half tonight. – 11:37 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Hard fought game. Wheels up to Denver next.
🔹 @Cade Cunningham: 25PTS / 6 REB / 5 AST
🔹 @Trey Lyles: 16 PTS / 5 REB / 2 AST / 3-4 3PT
🔹 @Rodney McGruder: 15 PTS / 4 REB / 5-7 3PT pic.twitter.com/5Ke6MuNIpm11:35 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Love the energy of these Memphis / Denver get togethers. Really want to do it with both teams at full strength though. Denver’s starters couldn’t overcome the bench tonight, and Memphis is a tough customer. – 11:34 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz win 111-101.
Gobert: 24p/14r/4b
Bogdanovic: 23p/6r
Conley: 19p/4r/4a
Next up, the hardest stretch of the Jazz’s season: @ Warriors, @ Suns, v. Suns, @ Grizzlies. – 11:33 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The Nuggets bench stint in the second half doomed them tonight. – 11:33 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
That was the picturesque Grizzlies clutch possession.
Ja Morant with the drive to shift the defense, the vision to find Jaren, and then the big man knocks it down.
*chef’s kiss* – 11:32 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nuggets lost to Ja, who was the best player on the court tonight. Just an unbelievable night for him
But in a game where the Nuggets finally got some bench reinforcements, they defaulted back to their old tendencies. That’s why they lost tonight. – 11:32 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
FINAL: Jazz 111, Pistons 103
Cade Cunningham: 25p, 6r, 5a and 2s
Trey Lyles: 16p
Rodney McGruder: 15p
Saddiq Bey: 13p
Detroit is in Denver on Sunday to close out the four-game, week-long road trip – 11:32 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Aaron Gordon hanging out at the gym shooting threes with MPJ is paying off. Unbelievable. – 11:30 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Jaren Jackson Jr. with the dagger but mannnn that was a hell of a pass from Ja Morant off balance right into the shooting pocket. – 11:30 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
WE TRIPPPPY MANE. – 11:30 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
JAREN JACKSON JR!!!! – 11:30 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Aaron Gordon shooting like he’s in Uncle Drew – 11:29 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
🚨 CHALLENGE ON THE FLOOR 🚨 – 11:24 PM
Chip Crain @3Shadesofblue
Adams was clearly calling for a time out and they end up calling a jump ball. Nuggets go down and turn it over. We refer to that as “ball don’t lie” – 11:21 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Denver’s turnovers are SO BAD right now. – 11:20 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
It’s happening again. Nuggets can’t get the ball to Nikola Jokic. – 11:19 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Two bad turnovers by Monte Morris in the fourth. – 11:18 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Big shot Thrill 👌
@WesternUnion | #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/7eCX6ACLLr11:17 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Melt and Culver playing great in the non-Morant minutes was so huge. – 11:17 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic has a triple-double in four-straight games. Tonight’s puts him 10 triple-doubles behind Wilt Chamberlain for the 6th most in NBA history. – 11:16 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Jokic has 4 straight triple-doubles.
Wilt once had 6 for the record.
Just ridiculous stuff from Jokic every game. – 11:16 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Denver’s bench scored 15 points on 20 shots. – 11:15 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic with a 24-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double.
It’s his fourth consecutive game with a triple-double. – 11:14 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
spinning on your defense like a laundry mat pic.twitter.com/oLBp2s73yl11:14 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Denver’s bench will likely finish this game with zero 2nd half points. Nuggets’ starters are back in with 7:18 left in the fourth. – 11:11 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
It’s like Facu Campazzo doesn’t exist on either end. Jokic is getting mauled because Campazzo’s guy is sagging so far into the paint and on defense, teams are just going by him, through him, or over him. Can’t imagine Davon Reed is a worse option right now. – 11:10 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Even if he doesn’t win, Jaren Jackson Jr. has to start getting serious buzz for being a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He’s an elite shot blocker, he can switch onto guards and hold his own, and he’s consistent. I mean, at least an All-Defensive team. – 11:03 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Denver’s bench hasn’t scored in the second half. – 11:02 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Grizzlies are on a 19-4 run since Facu Campazzo entered at the 4:41 mark of the third. Denver was up 3, and now down 12. Campazzo’s a -23 in 16 minutes tonight. – 11:02 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
JAREN COMBO HONEY HOT. – 11:01 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
21-4 Memphis run as Denver can’t do anything. Time for Jokic to go back in with 10 minutes left in the game. – 11:01 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Zeke Nnaji needs to learn how to rebound at an NBA level. It’s not good. – 10:59 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Grizzlies up 98-92 to start the fourth. Let’s see what the score will be when Ja Morant returns. Here come those survival minutes. – 10:57 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
4th quarter otw.
📺 Watch on @GrizzOnBally 📺
📻 Listen on @929espn 📻 pic.twitter.com/TUnr8nLXwi10:57 PM

Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Memphis Grizzlies regular-season single-game points record holder is Mike Miller with 45 😬
Ja Morant in striking distance. – 10:56 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Another big 3rd quarter from Nikola Jokic: 12 in the period on 5-6 shooting and he’s on the cusp of another triple-double. – 10:55 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
End of the 3rd
Nuggets 92
Grizzlies 98
Ja: 36 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Melton: 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
Ziaire: 12 points, 2 steals
Trip: 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks – 10:55 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
btw, while we’re at it
#JaMorant #NBAAllStar10:52 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
This is a thing of beauty by Ja Morant. An incredible performance from all levels.
Slicing up the Nuggets. – 10:52 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
35 and counting…..for 12.
@Ja Morant // #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/dgs8xtrxMu10:52 PM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
35PTS for Ja Morant! 3rd qtr isn’t even over YET! – 10:50 PM
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
Ja Morant 50 watch is on. – 10:50 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Ja is going to flirt with half a Ben Frank today. The Nuggets have no answer, and he’s not gonna stop attacking. – 10:50 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
melt & 12.
12 & melt.
8 in the quarter for @De’Anthony Melton pic.twitter.com/If4KxxVbjo10:50 PM

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
12-2 run for the gang. that’s 🅿️ – 10:49 PM
Jamal Collier @JamalCollier
Bucks are 4-6 in their last 10 games, but their four wins…
-Nets
-Warriors
-Grizzlies
-Bulls – 10:48 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
You know how coaches say, “it’s not a matter of stopping [player] but it’s about slowing down [player]”….well it looks like Denver hasn’t figured out a way to slow down Ja Morant! – 10:48 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
I know I’m never gonna see what Denver looks like with the ability to deny guard penetration, but it’s fun to imagine. – 10:46 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nikola Jokić LOBBIED for a technical foul on Ja Morant just now as Ja ran to the other end of the court. Got the call. – 10:43 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Will Barton just made an excellent play in the pick and roll to get the ball to Jokić. He’s doing really good things in this half. – 10:42 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
That’s a frustrating frustration foul by JJJ. – 10:37 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Nuggets need to make a run here with JJJ out. – 10:35 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic just stopped playing in the middle of that sequence when no whistle came. He stopped and stared at the official. Play only resumed when Jeff cut down the lane and Jokic fed him for the dunk. – 10:34 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic just stopped mid-play expecting the obvious foul call, stared the ref down, didn’t got the call, then dished it to Jeff Green for the slam. – 10:33 PM
NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
🐉 @Ja Morant broke out the “Year of the Dragon” Nike KD IV in Denver! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/UkTudSsUDM10:33 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
DUNCLE JEFF – 10:33 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
after scoring the most first half points in his career, here’s how Ja Morant just opened the third quarter. pic.twitter.com/5K2Mbg9hOx10:32 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Back in front because of plays like this 📈 pic.twitter.com/0ngphkaZ1010:31 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nuggets burst out to 10-4 run to start the third quarter. Before Barton’s breakaway layup, Jokic went at Adams and finished inside through contact. Malone, already with a tech, kept his mouth shut but just laughed. – 10:29 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Jeff Green just collected his fourth block of the game on a Jaren Jackson three-point shooter.
Perfect role player. Perfect. – 10:28 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Ja Morant: All-Star starter. – 10:26 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
I don’t know the context, nor do I really want to know the context, but Nikola and Steven Adams just hugged before the start of the second half. – 10:26 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
San Antonio’s Dejounte Murray has his ninth triple-double of the season. Only Nikola Jokic has more. – 10:22 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Numbers from the first half 📊 pic.twitter.com/gohAqk1lVt10:22 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
I really hope the Grizzlies can keep this healthy nucleus together. Love watching them play, but they need to move to the East so I get to enjoy it fully instead of get annoyed about potential playoff matchups. The East deserves nice things, so bring back Seattle and realignment. – 10:19 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I really liked the Nuggets offensive rhythm in the first half. They had 17 assists on 20 made shots and it felt like they were always working for a great shot. – 10:19 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Really hope we get a more aggressive Jokic in the second half. Just 4/6 shooting so far. – 10:16 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
A new first half career high for @Ja Morant 🥷
23 points in 18 minutes for big 12.
#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/3IUo8nZnuA10:14 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they trail the Grizzlies 68-63.
-Joker has 10-8-5. Maybe that 3 gets his going.
-Morant has 23 and 4. He’s spectacular
-Bryn Forbes in his debut: 7 points on 6 shots, made a three, was a net neutral +/- pic.twitter.com/JyFXybA0DB10:13 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Got a good one on our hands pic.twitter.com/p7uJ1vHCFZ10:13 PM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Ja Morant: 23pts (9-14 FG), 3reb, 4ast
**it’s HALFTIME! – 10:13 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Nikola Jokic from all the way across the street for 3, and after ALL that the Nuggets are just down 5 at the half. Denver took the best punch from Memphis – now we’ll see if they can punch back in the second half. – 10:13 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Halftime: Grizzlies 68 Nuggets 63
Ja Morant has 23 points in the first half. That’s a new career high for the first half. Grizzlies made more threes (10) in one half than their last game total (9). Nuggets not going away, though. – 10:12 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
HALFTIME
Nuggets 63
Grizzlies 68
Ja: 23 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
Ziaire: 10 points, 2 steals, 2 rebounds
Konch: 8 points, 2 rebounds
Melton: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Trip: 7 points, 3 blocks – 10:12 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
So we end the 1st half with Ja Morant knocking down a ridiculous three.
Then Jokic drains a unbelievable three.
This 2nd half is going to be something… – 10:12 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
23 first-half points for Ja Morant. He’s put on a show so far tonight in Denver. – 10:11 PM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Ja Morant from Colorado Springs 😁 – 10:10 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
check his footwork 🥝
@Steven Adams // #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/sNVlNBB92U10:10 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
JA MORANT FROM THE MOUNTAINS – 10:09 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
I am once again asking the Nuggets to make an open shot. – 10:09 PM
Mike McGraw @McGrawDHSports
Tyler Cook may not be well-known, but before joining #Bulls, he played in 45 games for Cavs, Nuggets, Nets & Pistons. – 10:09 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Now Gordon puts his elbow through JJJ’s face on a drive and JJJ gets called for a foul.
The refs are so bad. – 10:06 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
peep that in-n-out 👀
19 in the first half for @Ja Morant
#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/tS7FxLO1Tm10:06 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Frankly, neither team can stop the other unless they get turnovers. Morant is unstoppable going to his left, and Jok will make the right decisions for Denver. – 10:01 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Nuggets don’t have anything close to an answer for Ja Morant. He might reach his scoring average in the first half. He is getting whenever he wants on the floor. – 10:01 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Ja Morant can’t be stopped. – 10:00 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ja Morant is so, so good at making those split-second jump passes
also jarrett culver has hit 2 3’s – 10:00 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
They keep showing Peyton Manning on the big screen sitting behind the Grizzlies’ bench. But has anyone checked his loyalties (Tennessee)? What if he’s a sneaky Grizz fan? Wearing a Memphian blue zip sweater. – 9:58 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Every single thing going right for Memphis right now. They are absolutely rolling, despite some good defensive energy from Denver. Just making every shot. Shooting 57%, 73% from 3, and clearing the boards / grabbing steals like they always do. Jokic is gonna have to score. A lot. – 9:58 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets haven’t had a guard like Bryn Forbes in the Jokic era: elite shooter who’s quick/constantly in motion without the ball. MPJ is the closest comp as another shooter, but he’s not as quick. Malik Beasley is probably next, but Forbes is in a whole different class of shooter. – 9:55 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ziaire Williams with another 3 😎 – 9:54 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bryn Forbes is about to come BACK into the game. – 9:53 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
John Konchar is jumping like he wanna catch a body tonight. – 9:53 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Officials missed an obvious foul on that last rebound. Nikola Jokic should have gotten the call, and Michael Malone picks up the technical. He was building towards one over the last few minutes. – 9:52 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers ended tonight’s game on a 58-33 run in the last 19:39 to overcome a 24-point Philadelphia lead.
TEN DAYS AGO, Clippers ended Nuggets game on a 53-26 run in the last 19:04 to overcome a 25-point deficit. – 9:52 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
making buckets easy for your teammates is 🅿️
@Brandon Clarke // @Ziaire Williams pic.twitter.com/qKGQ9FjFn79:51 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies look so discombobulated without Tyus Jones running the second unit. Those are going to be survival minutes until he gets back. – 9:51 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Zeke Nnaji about to go to the free throw line for his fifth and sixth free throws. – 9:49 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Much-maligned second unit jumps the Grizz 7-0 to start the second quarter. Zeke with 5 points, and Unc with an and-1 coming.
No wonder Nikola was cheering so hard going into that Memphis TO. – 9:41 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
+9 after the first 12.
the gang is 7/8 from long range.
@Ja Morant has 12 already.
📺 @GrizzOnBally | 📻 @929espn pic.twitter.com/CXU60Ka7CI9:39 PM

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies made 9 total threes against Milwaukee. SIX different Grizzlies have made threes in the 1st quarter. De’Anthony Melton, arguably the guy who has to step up the most without Tyus, has made two 3-pointers.
Grizzlies up 37-28 against the Nuggets. Impressive 1st quarter – 9:37 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Ja can get anywhere he wants on the court and the Grizzlies have a lot of shooters. Great combo. – 9:37 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
What a way to end the 1Q! Melt’s three-pointer makes it 7 threes for the Grizzlies. – 9:37 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
So based on that quarter Bryn Forbes is gonna be popular in Denver. – 9:37 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
end of the 1st quarter
Nuggets 28
Grizzlies 37
Ja: 12 point, 2 assists
Trip: 6 points, 2 blocks
Melton: 6 points, 2 assists
Ziaire: 5 points, 2 steals, 2 rebounds – 9:36 PM
Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Clippers have erased a 25-point deficit to Denver and now 24-point deficit to Philly. They are the 6th team over the last 25 seasons to overcome a deficit of 24+ points twice in a season. They also did it in 2018-19. No team has done it 3 times in a season over last 25 seasons – 9:36 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Culver and Melton drilling 3s is a pretty good way to survive the non-Morant minutes. – 9:36 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
33’ANTHONY MELTON — 7 3’s for the Grizzlies in the 1st quarter! – 9:35 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
TOUCH THE SKY 12 🛫
@Ja Morant // #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/fUODOSP1xz9:35 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bryn Forbes = good shooter – 9:35 PM
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
Of course Bryn Forbes knows the right time to make a business decision. – 9:34 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
That Ja Morant dunk was So good I had to ⏪ it back on my tv! – 9:33 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Ja Morant gave that thang up to Melt as soon as he got it so he could get it back 🤣🔥 – 9:33 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Ja Morant: Two-way lob player. – 9:33 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
the gang is 5-5 from deep early.
@Ziaire Williams // #GrzNxtGEn pic.twitter.com/4c5gfl9fvX9:33 PM

Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Grizzlies 5-5 from 3, five different shooters. – 9:27 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
5 threes in the 1st qtr by the Grizzlies 👀 – 9:27 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
So far, Bryn and Facu are in, and Bones Hyland is at the scorer’s table. Which indicates Austin’s out of the rotation for the time being. – 9:27 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
3’Anthony Melton — the Grizzlies are on FIRE from 3 in this 1st quarter – 9:26 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Ring one up for Ziaire Williams for 3 😎 – 9:25 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Thrill’s got it going early 🔥 pic.twitter.com/SSuqIPjVKe9:25 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets’ first sub of the game: Bryn Forbes. Markus Howard was coaching him up on the sideline during the first few minutes of the first quarter. – 9:22 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Big, big fan of that Ziaire Williams steal -> contested layup – 9:22 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Bryn Forbes set to check in at the next stoppage. – 9:22 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
I love watching Ja Morant. Just also makes me sad to not have Jamal Murray out here dueling with him. – 9:20 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
It took three possessions for the Nuggets to switch Aaron Gordon onto Ja Morant. He has 9 of Memphis’ first 15 on 4-4 shooting. – 9:19 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
if you’re reading this trip blocked another shot. – 9:19 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
The Grizzlies shot 9-40 against Milwaukee from three and have already hit their first three attempts against Denver. Again, 3-point shooting is a big thing to watch without Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones. So far so good today. – 9:18 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
big 12 is no joke 🥷
7 of em early for @Ja Morant
#NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/fz7RLC6eKs9:17 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
We’ve got @FatboySlim in the house tonight and he took the @WesternUnion First Shot!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/gRwTzCOWI19:17 PM

Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Ja Morant wasting no time… 7 quick points for Morant! – 9:15 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Woah. Nuggets hedge on Morant who steps back and hits a corner three over a great Jokić contest.
Morant is fantastic. He’s got 7 in the first three minutes. – 9:14 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Will Barton III gets the Nuggets on the board with back-to-back 3s after Memphis scored the first five points. Looks like Steven Adams may have tweaked an ankle a couple of possessions ago. – 9:13 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Will Barton kicks off the scoring with back-to-back threes. The last one was CONFIDENT. – 9:13 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
no jumpball combo has more immaculate vibes than Steven Adams and Nikola Jokic – 9:12 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
DeMarcus Cousins is active tonight, but doesn’t sound like he’ll be in the rotation, I’m told.
Malone said before the game he’d go through pre-game warmups and then make a determination. – 9:09 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
okay… Jokic isn’t blocking that game-tying layup by Zubac 😅
Doc Rivers uses his before 3:00 timeout with Philadelphia hanging by a thread of a 93-91 lead. – 9:05 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
🚨 grizz twitter roll call 🚨
where you watching from tonight? – 9:05 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
you know what time it is. – 9:05 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Starting 5 for the Grizzlies: Ja, Konchar, Ziaire, Trip, Adams – 8:57 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
first five out 🆚 @Denver Nuggets
🥷 @Ja Morant
🐚 @konchjitty55
🎱 @Ziaire Williams
🦄 @Jaren Jackson Jr.
🥝 @RealStevenAdams
@Verizon | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/w8h834NUR88:56 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Someone in SLC has a Big Country Vancouver Grizzlies jersey. – 8:54 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Taking a break from Nuggets coverage to solve world hunger. pic.twitter.com/3yrDuDC9De8:50 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
If I didn’t know he just had surgery, I’d think Michael Porter Jr. is suiting up tonight. His warmup before Nuggets-Grizzlies doesn’t look much different from the warmup he typically does before actually playing. A little less vertical on his jumper but that’s about it. pic.twitter.com/kwi0ry0BNS8:47 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
First 🖐️ on the floor!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/PY8WJiVOAM8:45 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets starters: Morris, Barton, Gordon, Green, Jokic
DeMarcus Cousins is available tonight. – 8:42 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Rui and Yuta played each other twice in 2019-20 when Yuta was in Memphis. – 8:31 PM
Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz
can’t raise the table when we are the table. pic.twitter.com/88ncAe96l98:25 PM

Atlanta Hawks PR @HawksPR
The Hawks scored 31 points in tonight’s opening quarter on .722 FG% (13-18). Atlanta’s .722 shooting from the field marks a season-high for field goal percentage in any quarter this season (previously .708, 3rd quarter at Memphis). – 8:07 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Ready for his #MileHighBasketball debut
🎯 @Bryn Forbes pic.twitter.com/sqaYddn0Rj7:54 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
DeMarcus Cousins warms up ahead of his Nuggets debut. He looks on track to play tonight. pic.twitter.com/2l82G041kI7:53 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
DeMarcus Cousins warming up as a Denver Nugget pic.twitter.com/6Q4m7cUbZa7:48 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
That’s it for pregame. Lots of good content over at grizzlybearblues.com. @bsmart21 w/ the game preview, @NathanChester24 w/ a feature on Jaren’s creation, + @J_Timberfake_’s w/ one on the passing dynamic of Adams/Bane. And a podcast from @JoeMullinax! Truly fantastic! – 7:42 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins says there’s no priority of containing Jokic or containing the other weapons, because of Jokic’s playmaking. Their post + PNR activity have to be good – 7:37 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins thought the gameplan discipline has been good against Denver this year, but Jokic is faciliating and handling more in the pick-and-roll, so that’s a different fold for sure – 7:36 PM
Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Taylor Jenkins says you gotta throw a lot of looks and activity at Nikola Jokic — who’s an elite scorer and playmaker in a vareity of ways – 7:35 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Here’s Michael Malone waxing poetic on Ja Morant. pic.twitter.com/4LzOz6FNqO7:30 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Bryn Forbes will play tonight for the Nuggets, says Coach Malone.
DeMarcus Cousins is dealing with a slight injury (Coach Malone didn’t even want to call it an “injury”), so Malone said he’ll wait and see how he feels.
Both did go through shootaround this morning. – 7:27 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone says Bryn Forbes will definitely get minutes tonight. He went through shootaround this morning. So did DeMarcus Cousins, who’s availability tonight will based on how he feels in warmups. “I anticipate it going well,” Malone says of Cousins’ 10-day deal. – 7:21 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Malone says Bryn Forbes will play tonight. DeMarcus Cousins is tbd, depending on how he feels after warm ups. – 7:18 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Re. DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Malone said he’s been dealing with a slight issue and will go through pre-game and see if he’s good to go.
But said he’s a “helluva” player and is anticipating this 10-day going well.
He went through shootaround this morning. – 7:18 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone: Bryn Forbes is going to play. – 7:16 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Michael Malone: “Bryn Forbes is gonna play.” – 7:16 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone on DeMarcus Cousins: “obviously I have a preexisting relationship with DeMarcus…I anticipate it going well. I’m just thankful that he’s here.” – 7:16 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Fresh cut Joker AND Bryn Forbes’ first work with the #Nuggets. pic.twitter.com/Iz3yoriT1E7:04 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Nikola Jokic is putting up some monster numbers in Denver despite missing multiple teammates due to injury.
@Hoophall forward @AlexEnglish_2 tells @Rick Kamla and @Sam Mitchell he loves what he’s seeing from the Joker #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/0VH7AC1NzB7:03 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
It’s official, DeMarcus Cousins signs 10-day contract with Nuggets nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/21/its…7:00 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Jrue Holiday is not on the Bucks injury report tonight. After missing six games with left ankle soreness, he returned in Wednesday’s win vs. Memphis, but played only 22 minutes off the bench.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said they will be keeping an eye on him again tonight. – 6:25 PM
Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Ty Lue on Zoom says rest (the guys slept in and went through a walk-through in the ballroom) was important being into the Eastern time zone and coming off a tough game at altitude in Denver a couple nights ago. – 5:40 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Ty Lue on the differences between Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid: “One guy had 49, one guy had 50.” #Sixers5:38 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Ty on difference between Jokic and Embiid: “One had 50 and the other had 49” – 5:37 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Knicks vs Heat has been added to ESPN on Jan. 26.
It replaces Grizzlies vs Spurs. – 5:28 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#Sixers coach Doc Rivers: ‘I think Joel and Joker (Jokic) think they have a favorable matchup every night.’ #Nuggets5:27 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Over the Nuggets last three games, Nikola Jokic is averaging:
30.3 points,
and
13.7 rebounds,
and
12.3 assists,
Averaging.
Oh and he’s shooting 60% from the floor, 50% from downtown and 90% from the FT line
bahahahahahahaha – 5:24 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
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Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
The Spurs’ home game against Memphis on Jan. 26will no longer be televised by ESPN, the NBA announced.
Tipoff changes from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – 5:02 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat-Knicks on Wednesday added to ESPN national schedule, in place of Grizzlies-Spurs. Game remains at 7:30 p.m. at FTX Arena. – 4:42 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
ESPN is picking up Knicks-Heat on January 26, dropping Grizzlies-Spurs. The network is also picking up Lakers-Hornets and dropping Celtics-Hawks on January 28. – 4:35 PM
Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 26 will no longer be televised nationally on ESPN. That game is being replaced by New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat. Grizzlies lose one of their seven nationally televised games. – 4:34 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Upcoming national television schedule changes involving the Knicks, Heat, Grizzlies, Spurs, Lakers, Hornets, Celtics and Hawks: pic.twitter.com/cvIuYkGA9q4:34 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
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Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
One of the hardest rappers in Memphis (@Casino_Jizzle) just teased a new song with a bar saying, “the only thing probably hard as me? The Sixers trading Ben.”
Yea Philly gotta handle that asap 🤣 – 4:27 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Excited for the Nuggets’ Shaq Harrison tribute video tonight. – 4:08 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
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#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/GtIshEpT1V4:00 PM

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
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