National Basketball Association
Miami at Memphis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, December 16, 2019
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
A youthful roster in Memphis is beginning to turn its talent into wins, and the surging Grizzlies will try their hand against one of the league's top teams when they host the Miami Heat on Monday. Behind a season-high 25 points from rookie Brandon Clarke, the Grizzlies rolled to a 128-111 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday, their third victory in the last four games.
Fellow first-round pick Ja Morant contributed 18 points and 20-year-old power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. added 16 as Memphis snapped a seven-game home losing streak. "Hard work and getting the reps and being comfortable shooting in the game," Clarke told reporters after shooting 11-for-14 from the field while making his only 3-point attempt. "It took time in our practice, but now it feels really comfortable to shoot that wide-open 3." The Heat have yet to lose consecutive games this season, bouncing back from a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at home by squeaking past Dallas 122-118 in overtime to begin a three-game road trip. Four of Miami's last seven games have gone to OT and it has won them all, improving to 5-0 overall in contests involving an extra session.TV:
8 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Miami), FS Southeast (Memphis)ABOUT THE HEAT (19-7):
Jimmy Butler scored 27 points at Dallas for his eighth straight game with at least 20, the team's longest such streak since Dwyane Wade had eight in March 2015. The star swingman has played 41 minutes or more in each of the four recent OT affairs and is averaging 41.5 over his last four contests. Rookie Tyler Herro chipped in 19 points off the bench in Saturday's win while center Bam Adebayo recorded his second triple-double in a three-game span with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (9-17):
Clarke averages 12.7 points while shooting 65.1 percent from the floor, 52 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the foul line. "He's definitely a Top 10 pick, if you're re-drafting this," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins told reporters of the Gonzaga product, who slipped to the 21st overall pick in the 2019 draft. Dillon Brooks, also a young standout at 23, scored 27 points Saturday, the second time in the last three games he has reached that mark.BUZZER BEATERS
1. Memphis SF Jae Crowder (ankle) missed Saturday's win and is day-to-day.
2. Miami PF Kelly Olynyk made 5-of-6 shots Saturday after going 7-for-22 over his previous four games.
3. Heat SF Justise Winslow had 27 points in a 120-101 win over the Grizzlies in the season opener for both teams Oct. 23.PREDICTION:
Heat 113, Grizzlies 110
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