The first weekend of the 2021 NBA Playoffs is in the books, and we saw a number of Game 1 upsets. None was bigger than the Memphis Grizzlies’ 112-109 win on the road over the Utah Jazz. After battling through the play-in tournament, the Grizzlies now have a 1-0 lead on the team that finished the regular season with the best record in the league.
Dillon Brooks went for 31 points to nearly match his career-high, while Ja Morant kept up his strong play to finish with 26 of his own in the first official playoff game for both youngsters. The Grizzlies were certainly helped by the fact that Donovan Mitchell sat out due to an ankle injury, Rudy Gobert fouled out in the fourth quarter and the Jazz shot just 12-for-47 from 3-point land. But while they may have had some things go their way, they absolutely earned this victory with some tough and confident play on both ends of the floor.
GRIZZLIES STEAL GAME 1 VS. JAZZ 🔥
Dillon Brooks: 31 PTS, 7 REB
Ja Morant: 26 PTS, 11-20 FG pic.twitter.com/fMWEdGKZ20
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 24, 2021
Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant combine for 57 Pts to give the Grizzlies a Game 1 upset win over the No. 1-seed Jazz 😤 pic.twitter.com/c2lJnU1eyB
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 24, 2021