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January 11, 2021- Cleveland Cavaliers defeated by Memphis Grizzlies

Cavaliers and Grizzlies regular season game recap

During Monday evening’s face-off, the Cleveland Cavaliers were bested by the Memphis Grizzlies 91-101 at home at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH. Collin Sexton was out for the Cavaliers. Simultaneously, Inactive players for the Grizzlies included John Konchar. The win brings the Cavaliers to 1-1 in the series vs. the Grizzlies and to 5-6 in the regular season.

On the Cavaliers, Andre Drummond recorded a team-high 19 points in 34:37, scoring 8/16 (50.0%) from the field. In addition, Drummond also got an important team-high 14 rebounds. Damyean Dotson recorded 14 points in 37:01, shooting 6/14 (42.9%) from the field. In addition to points, Dotson also had a team-high 6 assists. Additional pivotal productions included Cedi Osman (who got 4 assists),Larry Nance Jr. (who got 5 rebounds),Isaac Okoro (who swiped 3 steals), and JaVale McGee (who had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks).

On the Grizzlies, Kyle Anderson scored 8 points in 30:46, scoring 2/5 (40.0%) from the field. In addition to his points, Anderson also dished a team-high 9 assists and added 6 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas recorded 12 points, going 6/10 (60.0%) from the field in 29:48. In addition, Valanciunas also pulled down a team-high 7 rebounds. Dillon Brooks gained a team-high 21 points, going 6/15 (40.0%) from the field in 33:21. In addition, Brooks also managed to grab a team-high 7 rebounds. Additional major performers were Brandon Clarke (who had 15 points) and Tyus Jones (who had 7 assists, managed to pull down 5 rebounds, and got 3 steals).

1st Quarter

The 1st Quarter was set off unexceptionally as the Cavaliers went 7/11 from the field and 3/6 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 17 points. Power Forward Larry Nance Jr. was a crucial contributor in this good start as he boasted 8 points on 3/3 shooting (2/2 from three). In addition, Nance Jr. also made 1 assist and got 1 rebound. At the same time, the Grizzlies struggled in the beginning, shooting 3/8 from the field and 0/2 from three for a total of 10 points. Power Forward Brandon Clarke was included in those on the Grizzlies who had a sluggish start to the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 0/1 from deep for 3 points. Shooting Guard Dillon Brooks had 5 points, had 1 assist, and managed to pull down 1 rebound.

Following the reasonable start to the 1st Quarter, the Cavaliers continued to shoot well to round out the quarter, boasting 10 points while going 5/10 from the field and 0/3 from deep. The Grizzlies also had no trouble finishing up the period, recording 14 points on 6/11 shooting (0/2 from deep). The 1st Quarter ended with the Cavaliers up by 3 points (27-24). Larry Nance Jr. was the largest contributor of the quarter, scoring 10 points. On the Grizzlies, Brandon Clarke scored 5 points.

2nd Quarter

The Cavaliers had trouble getting things going at the beginning of the 2nd Quarter, going 3/8 from the field and 2/2 from three in the first half of the quarter for a total of 10 points. Shooting Guard Isaac Okoro was among those who floundered at the beginning of the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 1/1 from deep for 3 points. Shooting Guard Isaac Okoro had 3 points. Point Guard Damyean Dotson recorded 3 points, added 1 assist, and pulled down 2 rebounds. In like manner, the Grizzlies also had trouble in the beginning, making 4/11 from the field and 1/5 from three for a total of 9 points. Grayson Allen was among those on the Grizzlies who had a sluggish start to the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 1/3 from the three point mark for 3 points. Center Jonas Valanciunas got 6 points and grabbed 1 rebound.

Following the poor start to the 2nd Quarter, the Cavaliers continued the effort to close out the period, adding 9 points while going 4/10 from the field and 1/2 from deep. The Grizzlies, concurrently, had no trouble closing up the period, recording 14 points on 6/10 shooting (0/0 from three). The 2nd Quarter ended with the Cavaliers trailing the Grizzlies by 1 point (46-47). Andre Drummond was the biggest contributor of the quarter, scoring 6 points. On the Grizzlies, Jonas Valanciunas scored 6 points.

3rd Quarter

The Cavaliers had trouble getting things going at the beginning of the 3rd Quarter, scoring 3/11 from the field and 0/2 from three in the first half of the quarter for a total of 7 points. Center Andre Drummond was included in those who had trouble contributing at the start of the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 0/0 from deep for 3 points. Center Andre Drummond got 3 points, had 1 assist, grabbed 1 steal, and got 2 rebounds. At the same time, the Grizzlies had little trouble at the start of the quarter, shooting 7/10 from the field and 2/5 from deep for a total of 16 points. Shooting Guard Dillon Brooks was a vital player in this hot start for the Grizzlies as he scored 5 points on 2/2 shooting (1/1 from deep). Brooks also made 1 block and pulled down 2 rebounds.

Despite the dismal start to the 3rd Quarter, the Cavaliers improved their shooting to round off the quarter, recording 18 points while going 7/11 from the field and 3/4 from three. The Grizzlies also faced no issues while closing up the period, boasting 14 points on 7/10 shooting (0/1 from deep). The 3rd Quarter closed with the Cavaliers trailing the Grizzlies by 6 points (71-77). Brandon Clarke was the most substantial contributor of the quarter, scoring 8 points. On the Cavaliers, Cedi Osman scored 6 points.

4th Quarter

The 4th Quarter started as expected as the Cavaliers went 6/12 from the field and 2/4 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 15 points. Point Guard Damyean Dotson was a major player in this principled start as he had 4 points on 2/2 shooting (0/0 from the three point mark). Dotson also added 2 assists, had 1 steal, and had 1 rebound in addition to points. In contrast, the Grizzlies struggled at the start of the quarter, making 2/8 from the field and 0/3 from deep for a total of 7 points. Shooting Guard Dillon Brooks was included in those on the Grizzlies who had a sluggish start to the quarter, shooting 0/4 from the field and 0/3 from deep for no points. Small Forward Kyle Anderson gained 2 points. Power Forward Brandon Clarke boasted 2 points. Center Jonas Valanciunas got 2 points and pulled down 1 rebound.

Despite the decent start to the 4th Quarter, the Cavaliers faced difficulties shooting to round off the quarter, boasting 5 points while going 2/9 from the field and 0/3 from three. The Grizzlies, at the same time, had no trouble closing out the period, recording 17 points on 5/10 shooting (2/2 from deep). The Cavaliers lost to the Grizzlies 91-101. Andre Drummond was the biggest contributor of the quarter, scoring 6 points. On the Grizzlies, Dillon Brooks scored 5 points.

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