Another victory for the Memphis Grizzlies in their visit to San Antonio (118-110). The Grizzlies ran past Popovich’s team in a game in which they took the lead in the first quarter and were never beaten again. Ja Morant won the star duel against Dejounte Murray.
The Grizzlies managed to do what they normally do, dominate the paint. In the first half, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 13 points, all in the zone. Meanwhile Keldon Johnson,who at the break added 14 points shooting 4 of 7 in triples, kept the Spurs alive. The advantage of those from Memphis reached up to 15 points, but excellent shots and ball movements -19 assists in the half- allowed the Spurs to close the gap before halftime (61-58).
In the second half, the game resumed with the same script. Jaren continued to command the paint at both ends of the court and his complete game – he finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks – took the Grizzlies up to a 13-point lead. However, the Spurs returned to rediscover their game. Murray, who finished the duel with another triple-double, took the reins of the team and scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game with just over five minutes to go.
That’s when the star of the Grizzlies appeared: Ja Morant. The base added 11 points, including 6 consecutive free throws, which ensured the victory with less than 2 minutes to play. He was the game’s top scorer with 41 points to which he added 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Another who did not disappoint was Desmond Bane. He returned to the quintet after being out due to COVID and was still able to add 20 points with 7 of 16 shooting from the field.
Morant passes bills
After the game, Ja Morant spoke to the media and wanted to settle his pending accounts. The event had been scheduled to air on national television, however, ESPN decided to set it aside to broadcast the Knicks-Heat. «A greeting to those who took us off television. This game was also for you », declared the base euphoric.
In addition, he also took advantage of his conversation with the journalists to highlight the level of his teammate, Jaren Jackson Jr. «Have you seen how Jaren is playing and the level he is showing on the defensive side? Six caps. I probably need to do a Windex ad,” the Grizzlies star joked.
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