SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have not completely consigned their grit-and-grind days to the past.
The eighth-seeded Grizzlies beat top-seeded Utah 112-109 on Sunday night in the opening game of their first-round playoff series by relying on hard-nosed physical defense to keep the Jazz off balance on offense much of the game.
Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday. Utah never found a rhythm from the perimeter, shooting just 12 of 47 from long distance. Defensively, the Jazz couldn’t stop Dillon Brooks for long stretches.
Brooks had 31 points and seven rebounds to lead the Grizzlies. He set a single-game franchise scoring record for a . . .