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Memphis Grizzlies defeats Miami Heat despite injury challenges

memphis grizzlies defeats miami heat despite injury challenges

Memphis Grizzlies beat Miami Heat with a 96-105 final score on Wednesday, January 24.

Vince Williams Jr. achieved a personal best with 25 points, while GG Jackson contributed 17 points coming off the bench. Despite having only nine players available due to injuries, the Grizzlies managed to spoil Terry Rozier’s debut in Miami, defeating the Heat 105-96 on Wednesday night.

Scotty Pippen Jr. and Jaren Jackson Jr. both notched 15 points each for Memphis, maintaining the lead throughout the entire second half. John Konchar contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies.

“Just be authentic to who you are, understand the reality and every single day I think our group’s maintained a great spirit,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said.

“I think our staff, coaching staff, performance, medical team, everyone’s dealing with a lot right now trying to navigate the injuries and guys being in and out,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Tyler Herro posted 18 points for Miami, which experienced its second four-game losing streak of the season. Bam Adebayo recorded an impressive stat line with 15 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, and six blocks for the Heat.

Jimmy Butler and Caleb Martin both contributed 15 points, while Terry Rozier, acquired in a trade with Charlotte on Tuesday, scored nine points on 3-for-11 shooting.

“We know things are not going to be perfect right away,” Rozier said.

“You see the assessment of the team and see how things are going. But I feel like I fit the Heat culture and I’m coming right in to pick things up on the defensive side and let everything else take care of itself. We’re all basketball players, so we’ll figure it out,” he added. 

Despite Memphis having nine players sidelined due to injuries, including season-ending losses of Ja Morant and Steven Adams, the Grizzlies faced their 25th different lineup in 44 games this season. 

The starting five for Memphis, earning a combined salary of around $35 million for the season, mainly allocated to Jaren Jackson Jr., struggled with shooting, as he missed 16 of his 21 attempts. However, the Grizzlies still managed to secure a victory.

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