New-look Griz­zlies out­last Pel­i­cans

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports - David Cobb Memphis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

Against the same team that em­bar­rassed the old-look Griz­zlies in a mar­quee game less than three weeks be­fore, the new-look Griz­zlies scored re­venge on Satur­day night.

With three of their five new play­ers con­tribut­ing key min­utes, Memphis de­feated the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans 9990 in its first home game at Fedexfo­rum with­out Marc Ga­sol.

A Jaren Jack­son Jr. four-point play with 4:26 left put Memphis up 91-83, forc­ing a New Or­leans time­out.

He hit another 3-pointer with 2:35 left to give the Griz­zlies a 94-85 lead.

If the Griz­zlies are go­ing to fin­ish ahead of eight other teams in the NBA stand­ings and achieve the stated goal of con­vey­ing a pro­tected first-round pick to the Celtics this sea­son, win­ning games like Satur­day’s con­test are a must.

The Pel­i­cans (25-32) are likely one of the teams the Griz­zlies (23-34) will need to pass in the ef­fort to avoid pick­ing in the top eight of this year’s draft.

Up next: The Griz­zlies host the Spurs on Tues­day at 7 p.m. in the third of four meet­ings. The series is tied 1-1. Tv/ra­dio: Fox Sports FM

Reach Griz­zlies beat writer David Cobb at d [email protected]­mer­cialap­ or on Twit­ter @David­w­cobb. South­east/92.9

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