LAS VEGAS, NV (WMC) - After posting a 1-2 record in preliminary round play at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, the Memphis Grizzlies headed into playoff action seeded 27th out of the League's 30 teams.
They played 6th seed Oklahoma City in the first round. Sounds like a mismatch, right? It was early, but in Memphis' favor.=
The Grizzlies came out gunning with rookies Jaren Jackson, Jr. and Jevon Carter leading the way..
Jackson scored inside and beyond the arc, using his length for solid defense.
Triple J finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Carter picked up his game after stumbling in the last two. The second rounder finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.
The Grizz up 21 at the half to weather a furious comeback by the Thunder in the second.
Undrafted free agent Markel Crawford, a former Tiger and Rebel star, is making his bid for a roster spot with a team-high 21 points..
Griz Hold off Oklahoma City by a final score 92-85.
After the game, Jaren Jackson, Jr. said Memphis' defense is the difference.
"That's what we all commit to is defense," Jackson said. "That's what we're known for as a team. That's our staple, so I'm supposed to help the guards if they get beat and they're supposed to help me by not getting beat, so it's the same thing."
Jackson and the Grizzlies next face the Utah Jazz Saturday night at 9:30 in Las Vegas.