James Johnson, Grizzlies pull out the close victory against Bucks, 82-77

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The Memphis Grizzlies came out on top in a low-scoring slugfest with the Milwaukee Bucks, picking up the 82-77 victory. Memphis (19-19) has now won four consecutive games.

James Johnson came off the bench and put up 15 points on 7-13 shooting, including 1-3 on 3-point attempts. He also added 6 blocks and 5 assists. Memphis also got solid performances from Mike Conley with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Ed Davis with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Brandon Knight had another strong game for Milwaukee in the loss, putting up 27 points on 10-17 shooting, including 5-8 from behind the arc.

The Bucks had an eFG% of just 41.5% coupled with a low FTA rate of 14.6. This season, they are winless (0-5) when they fall below 45% and 20.0 in those respective metrics. Conversely, the Grizzlies are undefeated (2-0) when forcing their opponents below those thresholds.

Milwaukee (7-31) has now lost seven straight contests.

Coming up, the Grizzlies play the Sacramento Kings, who are 14-23 on the season. The Bucks go up against the Houston Rockets, currently sitting at 26-14 this year. The Grizzlies have a 1-0 record against Sacramento this season.