The Memphis Grizzlies duplicated the Lakers’ feat the previous night at the Cleveland Cavaliers home court and pulled off a huge upset on Monday.
Just a day after the Los Angeles Lakers blew out the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors, the Memphis Grizzlies also scalped the Eastern Conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers in a stunning upset that went down the wire.
Entering the game, the Grizzlies had four starters – Chris Andersen (shoulder), Matt Barnes (coach’s decision), Mike Conley (sore left foot), and Zach Randolph (coach’s decision) – all out for the matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, it was Tony Allen – known for his lock-down defense on opposing star players – fired from all cylinders with 26 points on 12-for-18 shooting, with four assists and five steals in 33 minutes on the floor.
Former Heat guard Mario Chalmers and Lance Stephenson added 17 apiece, with JaMychal Green and Vince Carter putting up 16 and 15, respectively.
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving did not have off-nights as they scored 28 and 27 points, respectively in the loss.