GRIZZLIES 98, RAPTORS 91

TORONTO RAPTORS
POSTGAME NOTES

FINAL SCORE: MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 98, TORONTO RAPTORS 91

DATE: NOVEMBER 30, 2021 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)

 FINAL SCORERECORDHIGH POINTSHIGH REBOUNDSHIGH ASSISTS
Memphis9811-10Jackson Jr. – 25Melton – 10Jones – 6
Toronto919-13Siakam – 20VanVleet- 9Siakam – 5
KEY RUN

The Grizzlies entered the fourth quarter leading by three (70-67), and began the frame on a 14-6 run to extend their lead to 11 points (84-73) with 8:01 remaining.

KEY STAT

Memphis outrebounded Toronto 54-44, including 18-11 on the offensive glass, and held a 26-17 advantage in second chance points.

RAPTORS NOTES:

  • With the loss, Toronto falls to 9-13 this season and 2-8 at home … The Raptors will continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
  • Pascal Siakam finished with team highs of 20 points and five assists, and added six rebounds in 29 minutes… Siakam has now scored 17+ points in six straight games (Nov. 19-30).
  • Scottie Barnes recorded 19 points (8-16 FG, 3-6 3PT), seven rebounds and a season-high four blocks in 38 minutes … Barnes is now averaging 18.5 points over the last four (Nov. 24-30).
  • Yuta Watanabe finished with a season highs of 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-8 3PT) and six rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench … Watanabe missed the first 18 games of the season with a left calf strain.
  • Toronto tallied a season high-tying nine blocks in the loss.

GRIZZLIES NOTES:

  • With the win Memphis improves to 11-10, including 4-5 on the road … Tonight’s victory also snaps a seven game winless streak in Toronto – the Grizzlies did defeat the Raptors in Tampa last season … Memphis returns home to play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
  • The Grizzlies led wire-to-wire – their largest lead of the night was 17 points midway through the second quarter.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 25 points, six rebounds and a season-high five blocks in 34 minutes … Jackson Jr. has now blocked at least one shot in a career-high 17 consecutive games – this marks the longest streak by a Grizzlies player since Marc Gasol recorded 22 straight games with a block during the end of the 2010-11 season and beginning of the 2011-12 campaign.
  • Desmond Bane tallied 23 points (8-16 FG, 5-9 3PT, 2-3 FT) and seven rebounds in 33 minutes … Tonight marked the third time this season Bane tied a career high with five three-pointers … Bane scored 20+ points for the fifth times this season. 
  • Dillon Brooks recorded 17 points, four rebounds and career high-tying four steals in 33 minutes … Brooks has scored in double digits in all eight appearances this season … He missed the first 10 games this season recovering from a fracture to his left hand.

GRIZZLIES-RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES

• The Toronto Raptors (9-12) continue a season-long seven-game homestand (Nov. 28 – Dec. 13) Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies (10-10) at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto has lost consecutive games and three of its last four. Fred VanVleet scored 23 points as the Raptors rallied to beat Grizzlies 126-113 in Memphis last week (Nov. 24). The Grizzlies led 71-59 at the half. The Raptors have won seven of the last eight meetings vs. Memphis.
Pascal Siakam recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and a team-high five assists Sunday vs. Boston. Siakam has now scored 17+ points in five straight games (Nov. 19-28). He is averaging 21.0 points an
shooting .494 (38-77) from the field, including 40 percent (8-20) from beyond the arc, during this stretch.
Gary Trent Jr. (78) and Fred VanVleet (76) currently rank second and third respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. is also fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.05) and has recorded multiple steals in
12-of-20 games played this season. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Toronto leads the NBA in deflections (19.8) and ranks second in steals (9.6) this season.
• Rookie Scottie Barnes contributed 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes Nov. 28 vs. Boston – his fifth 20-point game of the season. Barnes currently leads all rookies in scoring
(15.2), rebounds (8.3) and minutes (35.3), and ranks third with a .485 field goal percentage (117-for-241). He has paced Toronto in scoring five times, rebounds on seven occasions and assists in four games.
Scottie Barnes is the first Raptors rookie to have five 20-point games since Charlie Villanueva reached the 20-point mark 12 times during the 2005-06 season. Damon Stoudamire hold the franchise record with
37 20-point outings as a rookie in 1995-96.
• Fred VanVleet scored a team-high 27 points (8-16 FG, 5-10 3PT, 6-7 FT) Sunday against the Celtics. He has now scored 20+ points in three consecutive games (Nov. 24-28). VanVleet is averaging a team-high
25.3 points, while shooting .529 (27-51) from the field and .444 (12-27) from beyond the arc, over the last three. VanVleet has scored 20+ points a team-high nine times this season.
• Toronto has dropped four in a row (Nov. 5-28) at Scotiabank Arena for the first time since Nov. 26 – Dec. 10, 2013. The Raptors will play 10-of-13 games at home in December.
• The Raptors announced Sunday Goran Dragic is taking some time away from the team to manage a personal matter. There is no definite timeline, and we will update as appropriate.
PROBABLE STARTERS
F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4

MIN: 35.3 REB: 8.3 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.1 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 15.2
• Recorded 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes Nov. 28 vs. Boston.
• Tied with Precious Achiuwa for the team lead with three double-doubles.
• Leads all rookies in scoring (15.2), rebounds (8.3) and minutes (35.3), and ranks third with a .485 field goal pct.
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 33.2 REB: 7.2 AST: 3.6 STL: 0.8 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 17.7
• Finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and a team-high five assists in 38 minutes Nov. 28 vs. Boston.
• Has scored 17+ points in five consecutive games (Nov. 19-28), averaging 21.0 points during this stretch.
• Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the season recovering from left shoulder surgery.
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C – PRECIOUS ACHIUWA #5

MIN: 25.7 REB: 8.1 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 8.2
• Tallied six points and a team-high nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action Nov. 28 vs. Boston.
• Leads all sophomores in rebounding (8.1); has grabbed 10+ rebounds four times this season.
• Averaging 8.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 25.7 minutes in 14 games as a starter.
G – SVI MYKHAILIUK #14

MIN: 25.7 REB: 8.1 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 8.2
• Contributed 12 points, a season-high eight rebounds and two assists in 38 minutes Nov. 28 vs. Boston.
• In three starts this season, averaging 14.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 35.8 minutes.
• Has scored in double figures five times, inlcuding a season-best 16 points Oct. 30 at Indiana.
G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 25.7 REB: 8.1 AST: 1.6 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 8.2
• Scored a team-high 27 points Nov. 28 vs. Boston; added six rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes.
• Averaging 21.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 38.0 minutes during 13 games in November.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.1), has logged 40+ minutes in five games this season. .

INJURY REPORT

OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – Out
Khem Birch (Right Knee; Swelling) – Out
Goran Dragic (NWT) – Out
Gary Trent Jr. (Right Calf; Contusion) – Questionable


MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES PREVIOUS STARTING LINEUP
2021-22 Regular Season Record When Using This Starting Lineup: 1-0
SF # 24 6-6 ½ 220 Previous Game 21 PTS 6 REB 1 AST 2 STL 0 BLK 21:11
 Selected 45th overall in 2017 NBA Draft after guiding Oregon to the school’s first
Final Four since 1939.
 Averaged career highs in points, assists, steals and free throw % in 2020-21.
 25.8 PPG in first career playoff series (2021 First Round vs. Utah); 31 PTS in Game
1 win set franchise record for a career playoff debut.
DILLON BROOKS
Oregon / Canada 5
5th Season
PPG: 18.6 RPG: 3.6 APG: 2.3
PF # 13 6-11 242 Previous Game 17 PTS 9 REB 0 AST 0 STL 2 BLK 22:12
 Selected fourth overall in 2018 NBA Draft after freshman year at Michigan State.
 2018-19 All-Rookie First Team selection.
 Career-high 43 PTS (9 3PM) on 12/13/2019 vs. Milwaukee; first player in NBA
history with 9+ 3PM in a game while under 21 years old.
JAREN JACKSON JR.
Michigan State / USA 4
4th Season
PPG: 15.0 RPG: 5.7 APG: 1.0
C # 4 6-11 265 Previous Game 3 PTS 12 REB 4 AST 1 STL 3 BLK 20:43
 Selected 12th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
 Sixth in NBA history in career FG% (.591).
 Averages 3.5 OREB/G for his career (4.1 OREB/G since 2016-17 season).
 One of four New Zealand-born players in NBA history.
STEVEN ADAMS
Pittsburgh / New Zealand 9
9th Season
PPG: 6.6 RPG: 8.0 APG: 2.8
SG # 22 6-6 215 Previous Game 18 PTS 5 REB 2 AST 0 STL 1 BLK 26:25
 Selected 30th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
 Named 2020-21 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
 Led all rookies last season in 3-point percentage (.432), the third-highest rookie
3P% since 2009-10 (Stephen Curry, Jayson Tatum).
DESMOND BANE
TCU / USA 2
2nd Season
PPG: 15.6 RPG: 3.9 APG: 2.0
PG # 21 6-0 ¼ 196 Previous Game 6 PTS 3 REB 8 AST 0 STL 0 BLK 23:49
 Selected 24th overall in 2015 NBA Draft.
 Third player in NBA history to lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio in three
straight seasons (Muggsy Bogues, Chris Paul).
 Named 2015 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player after leading Duke to the national title.
TYUS JONES
Duke / USA 7
7th Season
PPG: 6.2 RPG: 2.1 APG: 3.3
SF # 24 6-6 ½ 220 Previous Game 21 PTS 6 REB 1 AST 2 STL 0 BLK 21:11
 Selected 45th overall in 2017 NBA Draft after guiding Oregon to the school’s first
Final Four since 1939.
 Averaged career highs in points, assists, steals and free throw % in 2020-21.
 25.8 PPG in first career playoff series (2021 First Round vs. Utah); 31 PTS in Game 1 win set franchise record for a career playoff debut.

BEAR NECESSITIES
 The Memphis Grizzlies close out the month of November with their first trip north of the border in nearly three years, as the team finishes its two-game season series with the Toronto Raptors… Memphis’ last visit to Toronto came on Jan. 19, 2019 (a 119-90 Raptors victory).
 Toronto, 2-7 at home but 7-5 on the road, defeated Memphis 126-113 in the teams’ first meeting this season on Nov. 24 at FedExForum.
 The Grizzlies won their previous road matchup with the Raptors on May 8, 2021, in Tampa, Florida, but are seeking their first victory in Toronto since Feb. 20, 2013… The Raptors have taken the last six tilts played in Toronto.
Mississauga native Dillon Brooks, who has scored in double figures in all of his seven appearances this season, scored a
team-high 21 points in Memphis’ 128-101 home win over the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 28… It was Memphis’ first game
this season without leading scorer Ja Morant, who sustained a left knee sprain in the first quarter on Nov. 26 vs. Atlanta.

Ja Morant suffered knee sprain, Grizzlies announce, will miss time — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

There is no timeline for his return, but it will be shorter than it would have been after knee surgery.

Ja Morant suffered knee sprain, Grizzlies announce, will miss time — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

RAPTORS-GRIZZLIES pregame notes

Photo: Daily Memphian]


• The Toronto Raptors (8-10) continue a six-game road trip (Nov. 15-26) wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies (9-8) at FedExForum. The Raptors have dropped four of their last five (Nov. 13-21). Toronto
and Memphis split the season-series in 2020-21 with each team winning on the road. Pascal Siakam averaged 25.0 points and 5.0 assists in two games vs. the Grizzlies last season. The Raptors have won 12 of
the last 15 meetings with Memphis dating back to the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
Pascal Siakam scored a team-high 21 points Sunday against the Warriors. Siakam has scored 20+ points in four of the last five games (Nov. 13-21), averaging 20.4 points. He is shooting 50 percent (36-72) from
the field, including .455 (10-22) from three-point range, during this stretch.
• The Raptors outrebounded Golden State 18-8 on the offensive glass Sunday. Toronto has now outrebounded its opponent on the offensive end in 14-of-18 games this season. The Raptors are tied with Minnesota for the NBA lead in offensive rebounds per game (13.6), and rank third in second chance points per
game (15.8) – behind Minnesota (16.3) and Memphis (15.9).
• Rookie Scottie Barnes recorded his third double-double of the season with 10 points and a season hightying 13 rebounds in 28 minutes Nov. 21 at Golden State. Barnes is tied with Evan Mobley for the lead
among rookies in scoring (14.6 ppg), and ranks first in rebounds (8.3) and minutes (34.9). He has led the
Raptors in scoring five times, rebounds on six occasions and scored 20+ points in four games.
Gary Trent Jr. (76) and Fred VanVleet (63) rank first and tied for fourth respectively, in the NBA in deflections. Trent Jr. also ranks fourth in the NBA in steals (2.11) and has tied his single-game career high with
five steals three times. VanVleet has led the league in deflections per game each of the past two seasons. Toronto currently leads the NBA in steals per game (10.0).
OG Anunoby missed his third straight game (Nov. 18-21) Sunday at Golden State with a left hip pointer. Anunoby sustained the injury during practice Wednesday in Portland. He is averaging a team-high 20.1
points in 15 games this season.
Chris Boucher has scored 10 points off the bench in consecutive games (Nov. 19-21) for the first time this season. Boucher averaged 13.2 points in 46 games as a reserve last season – scoring in double figures 28
times, including 20+ points in 10 games.
• The Raptors recalled Isaac Bonga from Raptors 905 on Tuesday. Bonga has helped the 905 to a 3-1 start, averaging 22.8 points and 9.5 rebounds, while shooting 55 percent (33-60) from the floor in four games. Two-way player David Johnson is averaging 17.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists. .


PROBABLE STARTERS
F – SCOTTIE BARNES #4

MIN: 34.9 REB: 8.4 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.1 TO: 2.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 14.6
• Recorded 10 points, a season high-tying 13 rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes Nov. 21 at Golden State.
• Tied with Precious Achiuwa for the team lead with three double-doubles.
• Tied with Evan Mobley for the lead among rookies in scoring (14.6); ranks first in rebounds (8.3) & minutes (34.9).


F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 32.1 REB: 6.6 AST: 3.6 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 17.9
• Scored a team-high 21 points Nov. 21 at Golden State; added six rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.
• Needs 12 rebounds for 2,000 in his career; will become the 10th player in franchise history to reach milestone.
• Missed the first 10 games (Oct. 20 – Nov. 5) of the regular season recovering from left shoulder surgery.
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C – KHEM BIRCH #24

MIN: 23.0 REB: 5.7 AST: 1.3 STL: 1.0 TO: 0.6 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 6.9
• Finished with seven points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in 22 minutes Nov. 21 at Golden State.
• Leads the team with 48 offensive rebounds (12th in the NBA), one more than Scottie Barnes (47).
• Averaging 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 23.0 minutes in three games as a starter.


G – GARY TRENT JR. #33

MIN: 34.3 REB: 3.3 AST: 1.6 STL: 2.1 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 17.1


• Tallied 11 points and two rebounds in 29 minutes of action Nov. 21 at Golden State.
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (2.11); has recorded multiple steals in 11 games.
• Averaging 19.3 points and is shooting .378 (34-90) from three-point range in November (11 games).


G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 38.1 REB: 4.9 AST: 6.8 STL: 1.7 TO: 3.1 BLK: 0.6 PTS: 19.2

• Contributed 17 points, four rebounds and a team-high seven assists in 39 minutes Nov. 21 at Golden State.
• Passed Morris Peterson (598) for third on the Raptors’ all-time three-point field goals list Nov. 19 at Sacramento.
• Leads the NBA in minutes per game (38.1), tied for 12th in assists (6.8) and 13th steals (1.65) per game.

INJURY REPORT
OG Anunoby (Left Hip; Pointer) – TBD
Yuta Watanabe (Left Calf; Strain) – TBD

NEXT GAME
Opponent: Indiana Pacers
Date: Friday, November 26

BEAR NECESSITIES
Jaren Jackson Jr. won a jump ball against Rudy Gobert and then won the game with a 3-pointer over Gobert with 5.7 seconds remaining in the Grizzlies’ 119-118 victory over the Utah Jazz Monday at Vivint Arena… It marked just the second time in franchise history that a player hit the go-ahead, game-winning 3-pointer in the final 10 seconds of the fourth
quarter or overtime on the road… The other instance was when Matt Barnes made a running 3-pointer (from half court)
to give Memphis a 93-92 road win over the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 9, 2015.
Ja Morant totaled 32 points and seven assists (including the final dime to Jackson Jr.), while Desmond Bane scored a career-high 28 points in Monday’s win over Utah… Jackson Jr. finished with 26 points… This marked the first time the Grizzlies had at least three players register 25+ points in a victory since Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay did so
on Feb. 27, 2010 at New York.
 The Grizzlies host the Toronto Raptors Wednesday… The two teams will start and close their two-game season series within one week… Memphis travels to Toronto for the second game on Nov. 30.

Three things to know: Jaren Jackson Jr. game-winner helps Grizzlies keep covering up defense — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Memphis is 9-8 despite having the worse defense in the NBA.

Three things to know: Jaren Jackson Jr. game-winner helps Grizzlies keep covering up defense — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Jaren Jackson Jr. wins jump ball over Rudy Gobert, hits game-winning 3-pointer — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Grizzlies kept hanging around against the Jazz.

Jaren Jackson Jr. wins jump ball over Rudy Gobert, hits game-winning 3-pointer — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Timberwolves’ Taurean Prince doesn’t sweat early shooting percentages — Twin Cities

Taurean Prince entered Saturday’s contest against Memphis shooting just 25 percent from 3-point range. That number was significantly lower prior to the veteran wing going 3 for 5 from deep in Thursday’s win over San Antonio. Both numbers are far lower than his career average. Now in his sixth NBA campaign, Prince is a 37…

Timberwolves’ Taurean Prince doesn’t sweat early shooting percentages — Twin Cities

Nikola Jokic misses look at the buzzer, Nuggets drop second straight to Memphis — The Denver Post

MEMPHIS – The effort was there. On Wednesday, it was Denver’s 3-point defense that abandoned it. The Grizzlies rained in nearly half of their 3-pointers, drowning the Nuggets in a gripping 108-106 loss. Denver’s now 4-4 on the season after the Grizzlies knocked off the Nuggets for the second time in three nights. Down two…

Nikola Jokic misses look at the buzzer, Nuggets drop second straight to Memphis — The Denver Post

Memphis Wins a Thriller on Warriors’ Home Court Again — CBS San Francisco

Ja Morant made a driving layup with 57.9 seconds left and shined in Stephen Curry’s home building once again, scoring 30 points as the Grizzlies made it two straight thrilling overtime wins against the Warriors Thursday night.

Memphis Wins a Thriller on Warriors’ Home Court Again — CBS San Francisco

NBA Rumors: Rajon Rondo Likely To Join Lakers After Grizzlies Buyout — NESN.com

It’s been a busy offseason for Rajon Rondo, who is about to join his third team of the offseason, it appears. The guard reportedly agreed to terms on a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Grizzlies shortly thereafter confirmed they were waiving Rondo. Now, it looks […]

NBA Rumors: Rajon Rondo Likely To Join Lakers After Grizzlies Buyout — NESN.com

Report: Pelicans trading Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, better picks to Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, lesser picks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Pelicans want to win quickly around Zion Williamson.

Report: Pelicans trading Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, better picks to Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, lesser picks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Penny Hardaway sees Larry Brown helping make Memphis better — College Basketball | NBC Sports

Penny Hardaway has wanted Larry Brown to coach with him ever since he took over at his alma mater. Three years later, they have that chance at Memphis.

Penny Hardaway sees Larry Brown helping make Memphis better — College Basketball | NBC Sports