TAMPA, Fla. – Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 21 rebounds, De’Anthony Melton hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Toronto Raptors 109-99 Saturday night to move closer to a play-in spot.
Jaren Jackson Jr. had 20 points for the Grizzlies and Ja Morant added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. had 18 points each for the Raptors, who have lost seven of eight. Siakam left the game with a left shoulder strain late in the third quarter.
Jackson’s 3-pointer with 2:02 left in the third quarter gave the Grizzlies a 12-point lead, the largest of the game.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Malachi Flynn and Trent pulled the Raptors to 85-84 midway through the fourth quarter but Melton nailed three 3-pointers in a one-minute span to lift Memphis out of danger.
The Grizzlies need two wins in their remaining five games to be assured of a spot in the NBA’s new play-in tournament.
Grizzlies: Valanciunas’ double double was his 47th of the season. He is also second on Toronto’s all-time list with 137. … Morant, the Grizzlies’ leading scorer, did not have a field-goal attempt until after rebounding his missed free throw attempt with 1:18 left in the second quarter. … G Sean McDermott missed his fifth game with a sore left foot. … G Grayson Allen missed a third game with a sore abdomen.
Raptors: Two days after having been virtually eliminated from contention for a play-in spot, the Raptors played without G Kyle Lowry (rest), G Fred VanVleet (rest), F OG Anunoby (sprained left calf) and F Chris Boucher (sprained ACL). … The Raptors used their 34th different starting lineup. … Rodney Hood left the game with a fractured left finger.
Grizzlies: Host New Orleans on Monday night.
Raptors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
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