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NBA: Grizzlies dominate down low, get best of Heat

/ 03:39 PM December 06, 2022
FILETyus Jones #21 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles the ball in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 15, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

FILE–Tyus Jones #21 of the Memphis Grizzlies. Dylan Buell/Getty Images/AFP 

Tyus Jones, subbing for an injured Ja Morant, scored a career-high 28 points and added a game-best 10 assists as the host Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Miami Heat 101-93 on Monday night.

Tyler Herro led Miami with 23 points and 13 rebounds, but he made just 3 of 11 3-point attempts. Jimmy Butler added 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the loss.

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Memphis, which improved to 9-2 at home, was without its top three scorers: Morant (sore left ankle), Desmond Bane (sprained right big toe) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (right foot).

Memphis has won five of its past six games.

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The Grizzlies also got 18 points and 10 rebounds from Santi Aldama, and Dillon Brooks added 17 points.

Miami, which is just 3-9 on the road, had just 24 points in the paint compared to Memphis’ 64.

Miami led 32-27 at the end of the first quarter, thanks in part to Caleb Martin’s 4-of-5 shooting on 3-point tries. Memphis had a 20-6 edge in the quarter on paint points, which mitigated the Grizzlies’ 1-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Miami shot 6-for-9 from deep.

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Memphis went on an 11-2 run — capped by Kennedy Chandler’s layup and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions — to take a 45-40 lead with 4:09 left in the second quarter.

By halftime, Memphis led 58-51. Jones had 17 points, seven assists and no turnovers in the first half, having shot 7 of 9 from the floor, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range. Herro led Miami with 15 points before intermission.

Miami cut its deficit to 82-77 after three quarters. The margin might’ve been closer, but Gabe Vincent’s 35-foot swish was released a split-second after the third-quarter buzzer. Memphis kept up its low-post dominance in the third quarter with a 14-8 advantage in points in the paint.

Memphis poured it on in the fourth quarter, winning despite shooting just 8-for-32 (25 percent) from distance for the game.

Miami shot 14-for-40 from deep (35 percent).

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