Bane, Brooks lead Grizzlies to fifth straight win

MIAMI – Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane each scored 21 points, and the booming Memphis Grizzlies beat the Miami Heat 105-90 on Monday night.

The win was Memphis’ fifth straight win without top scorer Ja Morant, whose left knee hurt against Atlanta on Nov. 26. The Grizzlies have had no trouble throughout their streak.

All of the Grizzlies’ starting five games have resulted in doubles. Steven Adams had 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Tyus Jones and Jaren Jackson each scored 14 points.

The Grizzlies opened the game with a 20-6 scoreline and an 11-point lead at halftime. They then maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half.

Miami’s Jimmy Butler returned from a four-game absence with a bruised tailbone and scored 10 points before leaving the locker room midway through the third half. He didn’t come back. Butler bounced back from a hard fall during a driving slip early in the first quarter.


Memphis has scored 27 points out of 23 appearances in Miami.

Tyler Herro had 24 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 17 for the Heat, who have lost 4/5 and 3 consecutive home games.


The Grizzlies beat a Southeast Region foe for the first time this year after defeats to Miami, Washington, Charlotte and Atlanta. … F Ziaire Williams was helped off the field after spraining his left ankle early in the second half and failed to return. Williams played three minutes into the return match after a three-game absence because of right knee pain.

Heat: Monday’s game completed the Heat’s third game at home and away against a Western Conference opponent. Miami ended its season streak against the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. … F Markieff Morris (whiplash) participated in the warm-up but missed the 15th game in a row.


Monday is the Heat’s first home start day past two games. The early schedule features trips of four and five away games. After the Heat complete a three-game home run against Chicago on Saturday, they will begin another four-game trip on December 13 in Cleveland.



Grizzlies: open four games and Wednesday against Dallas.

Heat: host the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.


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