MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The 17th Annual MLK Day Game at FedExForum featured a matchup the Memphis Grizzlies looked at with confidence in breaking their five-game losing streak.
They faced off against the New Orleans Pelicans, minus All-Star Anthony Davis, who’s out with a hand injury.
The Grizz took advantage early in the game with their own stars, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, combining for 28 points in the first half.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep it up and lost 105-98, leaving the Grizzlies with a sour taste in their mouths on a day that was supposed to be a celebration of life.
The MLK Day game is huge for this franchise. It's the only nationally televised game of the season for Memphis.
Obviously, there are events all week honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
To come out and lose by 20 points to New Orleans, that's a tough pill to swallow for this team.
"It's really embarrassing for...on a day like today...I think it's very special for all of us,” Conley said. “Very special for the city. For us to play the way we did, especially in the second half, is unacceptable. Nobody is coming to save us. Nobody is coming in the door tomorrow that's going to change what we're doing. We've got guys down. We've got eight or nine-ten guys that can suit up. We need everybody to find it in themselves to get out of this thing. Felt like we lost game seven of the playoff for me. Like, the season. It meant that much."
Monday was the day of a five-game homestand for the Grizzlies.
They next host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night at FedExForum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.