Mike Conley, Jaren Jackson Jr. become first Grizzlies teammates to score 35-plus points in same game
Mike Conley and Jaren Jackson Jr. became the first Memphis Grizzlies pairing to both drop 35 or more points in the same game:.
Jaren Jackson Jr. (Career-high 36 PTS) & Mike Conley (37 PTS, 10 AST) become the first pair of teammates in @memgrizz franchise history to each score 35+ points in the same game! #GrindCity pic.twitter.com/H63eTOPLzW
— NBA (@NBA) December 1, 2018
The Grizzlies got back on track Friday night, defeating the Brooklyn Nets in a double-overtime thriller, 131-125. The win snapped a three-game losing after starting off the season 12-5.
Conley is having a bounce-back season after an injury-plagued 2017-18 campaign sidelined him for 70 games. The 12-year veteran point guard scored a season-high 37 points on 13-of-25 shooting, while adding 10 assists and five rebounds. Conley seems to have recovered well from his heel injury last season. In 21 games so far this year, he is averaging 21.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 6.7 assists.
Jackson, also known as JJJ, had his best game of his young career so far, notching a career-high 36 points while shooting 13-of-22 from the field to go along with eight rebounds and two assists. The fourth overall pick has been a surprisingly huge factor for the Grizzlies’ bounce back campaign. Jackson, who has started 19 games for Memphis, has shown that he can make an immediate impact on a team that is trying to get back into playoff contention. In his rookie season thus far, Jackson is putting up solid averages of 13.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, a steal, and 2.0 blocks.
As mentioned, this is the first time the Grizzlies have had two teammates drop 35 markers in the same contest. It’s kind of crazy to think that, despite being together for over a decade already, the tandem of Conley and Spanish star center Marc Gasol has never accomplished this feat together.
With their two leaders in Gasol and Conley getting up there in age, the future in Memphis is still in good hands with the emerging young stud in JJJ.