Grizzlies pull away late for 104-89 win over DeMar DeRozan-less Bulls


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant scored 34 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 points and five blocks and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls, 104-89, on Tuesday night.

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Desmond Bane finished with 17 points and Brandon Clarke had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who stopped a three-game skid.

Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls, whose three-game winning streak ended. Chicago played without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan because of right hip soreness.

Zach LaVine scored 24 points for Chicago and Ayo Dosunmu added 14 points and six assists.

The Bulls trailed 49-39 at halftime, plagued by 13 turnovers and 30% shooting, including 3 of 16 from 3-point range. But Chicago got rolling in the third behind Vucevic, who had 14 points in the quarter, and LaVine, who contributed 12. The Bulls led 75-72 entering the fourth.

But unlike recent games that Memphis couldn't close out, the Grizzlies were solid down the stretch, outscoring the Bulls 32-14 in the fourth — including a 10-0 run.

Bulls: G Alex Caruso, who missed the previous two games with mid-foot soreness, started in DeRozan's spot and recorded his 750th career assist in the first quarter ... The Bulls totaled 14 points in both the first and fourth quarters, their lowest for any quarter this season ... Vucevic has 34 games this season with at least 10 rebounds.

Grizzlies: C Steven Adams missed his seventh game with a PCL strain in his right knee. Memphis is 2-5 since Adams was injured ... F Dillon Brooks returned to the lineup after missing Sunday's game under a league-assessed one-game suspension in connection with his scuffle with Cleveland's Donovan Mitchell ... Jackson has 20 blocks in his last four games ... Jackson entered the game having missed all nine of his 3-point attempts over the past two games. He was 2-of-5 from outside the arc against Chicago.

Bulls: at Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
Grizzlies: host Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

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