Guard Dillon Brooks was once again the leading scorer for the Memphis Grizzlies and with 21 points and seven rebounds, he helped them win on Monday away 91-101 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Power forward Brandon Clarke scored 15 points and point guard Tyus Jones had 13 points, seven assists and three ball recoveries that allowed the Grizzlies (4-6) to win their second consecutive game and go 3-1 in games. disputed out of bounds.
Forward Kyle Anderson also did a good job in all facets of the game, scoring eight points, six rebounds and nine assists.
Memphis led 73-57 at the end of the third quarter, but Cleveland responded with a 27-8 streak capped by guard Damyean Dotson’s basket with 6:43 left in the fourth quarter that put them three points up on the scoreboard.
A triple by reserve point guard De’Anthony Melton put the Grizzlies in front definitively with a run of 86-89. Brooks closed out the victory by drawing the sixth foul on Cavaliers center Andre Drummond and making two free throws in the final minute.
Drummond had 19 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks for his eleventh consecutive double-double at the start of the season, extending his team record. Dotson had 14 points and six assists, and Turkish forward Cedi Osman had another 14 for the Cavaliers (5-6), who lost the second straight game and are now 2-2 at home.
Point guard Collin Sexton was expected to start, but he was retired from the official roster with Cleveland not feeling recovered from the sprained left ankle.
Sexton, in his third year as a professional, averaging a team-high 25.1 points, missed his third straight game.
Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff said he was informed that Sexton could not go just before the performance of the national anthem.
Cleveland returned to their Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse field after the longest road trip of the season, covering six games in 10 days. The Cavaliers, four days earlier, had beaten the Grizzlies 90-94 on the road.
Cleveland failed to reach 100 points for the eighth straight game and is 2-6 during that span.
The Ohio State Department of Health allowed 1,944 spectators inside the bleachers of the field, which is 10% of the total capacity. Cleveland had been limited to 300 viewers due to Covid-19 restrictions.