NBA: Grayson Allen nets 30 as Grizzlies win 4th straight, dump Hawks

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Posted at Apr 08 2021 11:10 AM

Grayson Allen #3, Brandon Clarke #15, Tyus Jones #21 and Xavier Tillman #2 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrate during action against the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on April 4, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. File photo. Mitchell Leff, Getty Images/AFP

Grayson Allen poured in a season-high 30 points to help the Memphis Grizzlies roll to a 131-113 victory over the host Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

Jonas Valanciunas recorded 19 points and 11 rebounds and Ja Morant added 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Memphis won its fourth straight contest.

Dillon Brooks scored 17 points and Kyle Anderson contributed 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies.

Bogdan Bogandovic scored 24 points and Trae Young 14 points and 11 assists for the Hawks, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Onyeka Okongwu added 13 points and 11 rebounds, Lou Williams and Kevin Huerter scored 13 points apiece and Solomon Hill had 10 points for Atlanta.

The Hawks played without John Collins (ankle), Clint Capela (Achilles) and Danilo Gallinari (ankle).


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Tyus Jones had 10 points for the Grizzlies, who shot 53.9 percent from the field and hit 17 of 40 from 3-point range. Memphis held a 54-42 rebounding advantage.

Atlanta shot 44.6 percent from the field and made 10 of 28 from behind the arc while dropping to 13-5 under interim coach Nate McMillan.

Memphis trailed by as many as 14 in the first quarter but recovered to hold a 67-64 halftime edge. Brooks had 14 points at the break.

The Grizzlies dominated the third quarter, outscoring Atlanta 43-23 and knocking down 17 of 26 field-goal attempts. The sustained flurry led McMillan to use three timeouts in a 4 1/2-minute span.

Allen made two 3-pointers in a 40-second stretch to give Memphis an 89-75 with 6:01 left and force Atlanta's second timeout of the stanza.

The message apparently wasn't deciphered as Allen hit another 3-pointer and added a layup in a 16-second span. Anderson then stole the ball and tossed it off the glass to set up Morant for a ferocious dunk to make it 96-75 with 4:52 left, causing McMillan to signal for another timeout.

Later in the stanza, Morant and Brooks knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to increase the lead to 109-83 with two minutes left.

Memphis led 110-87 entering the final quarter, but the Hawks moved within 123-106 on Bogdanovic's three-point play with 5:07 remaining.

Anderson and Morant followed with 3-pointers to push the margin back to 23, and the Grizzlies cleared the bench to finish off the convincing triumph.


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