The Memphis Grizzlies took on the New Orleans Pelicans in Smoothie King Center, which is an arena with an awesome name. The Grizzlies basketball that happened within was... largely a mixed bag.

The Grizz dealt with ebbs and flows to the quality of their play throughout the night, and spent most of the game down to the Pellies. Every time they found it in themselves to get within a point or two of tying, BAM. Five points for the Pelicans, and the Grizz were back down seven. It took an impressive scoring run in the last three and a half minutes of the game for them to win it in the final seconds.

The Pelicans kicked off the game by claiming a slight edge over the Grizzlies. Anthony Davis proved difficult to stop offensively, often acting as the fulcrum for the entire Pelicans offense as the Grizzlies defense keyed in on him. He scored 14 of the Pellies' 26 first-quarter points, scoring in a variety of ways including a lovely and-one pull-up jumper over Zach Randolph. That guy is scary.

The rest of the Pellies didn't do much early, however. They shot 39.1% from the field despite Davis going 5-for-7, and mostly just played off of Davis on offense. The Grizzlies were able to get into the paint for easy shots and free throw opportunities themselves, shooting 60.0% from the field. As great as Davis looked, Randolph wasn't allowing himself to be outdone. He had 8 points on 3-for-3 shooting, mixing it up down low with Davis. Z-Bo did some backing down in the post, but there was no backing down in the battle against the Brow. Add in a strong performance from Tayshaun Prince and some other guys, and the Grizzlies were able to come out of the first quarter with a two-point lead.

It was a late burst of offense from the Pelicans in the second quarter that propelled them ahead of the Grizzlies heading into halftime. Davis continued dominating, making some challenged looks and some easy ones. This time around, his teammates joined him in the effort and the team shot 55.0% in the second quarter to go with an 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line. The Grizzlies' normally staunch defense didn't look quite right, allowing even the Pellies' bench players, led by Austin Rivers, to make an impact.