Grizzlies top Cavs, tie team record with 11th win in a row

Jan 18, 2023, 5:45 AM | Updated: 9:56 pm
Memphis Grizzlies Desmond Bane (22) reacts after making a basket in the first half of an NBA game a...

Memphis Grizzlies Desmond Bane (22) reacts after making a basket in the first half of an NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

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              Cleveland Cavaliers Caris LeVert (3) drives the ball past Memphis Grizzlies Steven Adams (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
            
              Memphis Rapper Yo Gotti watches a Memphis Grizzlies game Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
            
              Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins watches the game in the first half of an NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
            
              Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant (12) goes up for a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
            
              Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins reacts to a call in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
            
              Memphis Grizzlies Steven Adams (4) goes up for a basket as Cleveland Cavaliers Jarrett Allen (31) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
            
              Memphis Grizzlies Desmond Bane (22) reacts after making a basket in the first half of an NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Desmond Bane scored 25 points, Ja Morant had 24 and the Memphis Grizzlies won their 11th straight game to match the franchise record, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-114 on Wednesday night.

Steven Adams tipped in the winner with 16 seconds left. Adams was in position to tip in a miss by Morant.

“(Adams) has been doing what he’s been doing all season . . . manning the boards,” Morant said. “He got us the win.”

Dillon Brooks preserved the victory by blocking Garland’s 3-point try at the buzzer.

“I just wanted to stay on (Garland),” Brooks said about the closing seconds. “He tried to side-step me and take a jump shot, but I got the block.”

Darius Garland led Cleveland with 24 points and 14 assists, Caris LeVert had 23, and Evan Mobley added 18 points and 15 rebounds. Cleveland played without scoring leader Donovan Mitchell because of a strained left groin.

“It was really fun out there,” Garland said. “The crowd was into it. We were into it. Everyone was competing at a high level. We just couldn’t get the result we wanted.”

Memphis (31-13) tied the franchise record set last season during roughly the same time of year (Dec. 26, 2021, to Jan. 13, 2022). The Grizzlies also scored 115 points or more points for the 11th straight game.

The Grizzlies led by seven at the half, but the Cavaliers remained close throughout the third quarter and grabbed the lead, at 91-89, in the closing seconds on a 3-pointer by Lamar Stevens.

In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies built a quick six-point lead after a 3-pointer from Bane, but the Cavs responded with a 9-0 run. It remained close throughout the game’s final seven minutes.

“We put ourselves in great position down the stretch,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “They just made one more play than we did.”

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Cleveland is 13-4 this season when Jarrett Allen has a double-double. He had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Grizzlies: Morant went to the locker room late in the first quarter after taking a blow to the back of the neck on a drive to the rim. He returned to the bench a few minutes later and re-entered the game in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host Golden State on Friday night.

Grizzlies: At Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

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