Tyus Jones pitches perfect game as Grizzlies continue to pick up steam

Former Duke basketball guard Tyus Jones (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Former Duke basketball guard Tyus Jones (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The former Duke basketball superstar, Tyus Jones, pitched a perfect game for the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night as the Grizz continued to roll along.

Tyus Jones isn’t a stranger to a big game or a big moment but what the former Blue Devil did on Wednesday night was truly impressive.

In basketball terms, Jones pitched a perfect game in Memphis’ 121-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

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The former National Champion came off the bench for the Grizzlies and played 17 minutes and scored 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting, 3-of-3 from 3-point range, with no turnovers.

Jones also racked up two rebounds and three assists while the only blemish on his stat line was picking up one foul in the game.

In his first season with the Grizzlies, Tyus Jones has served as the backup point guard to Ja Morant but the veteran is playing like his usual steady self by averaging 6.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game in 18.9 minutes per game.

Jones has played in 51 games for Memphis, starting six, and is also averaging less than one turnover per game on the season.

The former Minnesota Timberwolf averaged less than one turnover per game in his four seasons with his hometown team.

While Jones was in the midst of his perfect game, the Grizzlies were in the process of bringing his former Duke teammate, Justise Winslow, to Memphis in a trade that sends Andre Iguodala to the Miami Heat.

The deal that was made official on Thursday afternoon confirmed that Jones, Winslow, and Grayson Allen would be back together in Memphis for the first time since the three won the 2015 National Championship with the Blue Devils.

Allen has not played for Memphis since January 24 due to a hip injury and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said that his former player would be out for the season due to the injury in a video released on Twitter Thursday afternoon.


The Memphis Grizzlies are currently the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference with a 26-25 record but the injuries to both Grayson Allen and Justise Winslow put a question mark on a possible date in which all three Blue Devils could be on the floor together.