The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Toronto Raptors 119-106 on Thursday at Scotiabank Arena.
Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 25 points and six assists, while I Morant posted his 12th double-double of the season behind 19 points and a career-high 17 assists. Desmond Bane followed with 16 points and five rebounds, and Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Steven Adams posted his eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 17 rebounds, and John Konchar added 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench. All five of the Grizzlies starters scored in double digits.
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with his ninth double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds. OG Anunoba contributed 16 points, and Scottie Barnes posted his 10th double-double of the season behind 14 points and 10 rebounds. Gary Trent Jr. scored 20 points and Jeff Dowtin Jr. posted a career-high 13 points off the bench.
Memphis registered a season-high 37 assists, with Morant recording the highest assist total by a single Grizzlies player since Jason Williams set a franchise record with 19 on March 30, 2002.
The Grizzlies, who improved to 8-0 this season when reaching 30 assists, outshot the Raptors 50.5% to 40.6% from the field and 44.8% to 35.7% from 3-point range. Memphis shot 13-of-29 from deep, breaking a four-game streak of single-digit 3-point makes.
Memphis mounted a 25-8 run early in the game and led 30-20 at the end of the first quarter. After leading by 14 at halftime, thanks to a 39-20 rebounding advantage, the Grizzlies scored 36 points in the third quarter to take a 93-75 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Toronto cut Memphis’ lead to nine with just under six minutes remaining in the game, but Memphis scored the next 10 to seal the win. The Raptors trailed for all but the first minute of the contest.
The Grizzlies will take on the New Orleans Pelicans at FedExForum on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. CT. Fans can watch on Bally Sports Southeast or tune in to 92.9 FM ESPN.