The first-round playoff series between the Utah Jazz, the team with the best record in the league, and the Memphis Grizzlies, who reached the playoffs by way of the controversial play-in tournament, after the visitors prevailed 109-112.
The eaves Dillon brooks confirmed that every day he gets closer to the elite of the best NBA players and with 31 points and seven rebounds he was in charge of leading the great victory of the Grizzlies, which had four starting players with two-digit numbers.
Without the star escort Donovan Mitchell, who is still involved in the problem of injuries, in the field, the Jazz they lacked the player who knew how to define in the decisive moments as he did Brooks and the base Ja morant, who finished with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists.
While the Lithuanian pivot Jonas Valanciunas A winning factor also emerged by doing a great job within the painting and in the fight with the French number five Rudy gobert, the tall man of the Jazz.
Valanciunas he finished with a double-double of 15 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a block in the 39 minutes he was on the field.
While the eaves Kyle anderson completed the list of the four players of the Grizzlies with two-digit numbers when scoring 14 points.
But especially the former player of the Spurs he made a great defense by capturing four rebounds, distributing three assists and recovering six balls, for just one loss.
The Grizzlies, eighth sown, put the Jazz, the best seed in the Western Conference, on an early hole and especially with the pressure of having to win the second game of the best-of-seven series to be played on his field at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
Now the Jazz They will no longer have the home court advantage, which they will have to regain when they go to play Memphis in Game 3 of the series.
The reality now for the Jazz is to decipher the way to contain the great individual, team and defensive work carried out by the Grizzlies under the direction of your coach Taylor jenkins, who won the duel to the veteran Quin Snyder.
Brooks set a franchise scoring record in a single game for a Memphis player who made his NBA playoff debut, surpassing the 24 points scored by the Spaniard Marc Gasol against the San antonio spurs, on April 17, 2011.
The Croatian forward Bojan bogdanovic scored 20 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Jazz, but missed 7 of 11 3-point attempts.
While the base Mike conley, former franchise player of the Grizzlies, obtained a double-double of 22 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, which in the end could not give the victory to the Jazz.
Gobert He also finished with a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds, while the power forward Derrick Favors He finished with 12 points and 11 balls captured under the hoops, which also did not prevent the first big surprise defeat that generated the second day of the 2021 NBA playoffs.
In other results of the day, the Philadelphia sixers they won 125-118 at Washington Wizards, the Phoenix suns they were imposed by 99-90 to Los angeles lakers and the New York Knicks they lost in their field by 105-107 against the Atlanta Hawks.