Ja Morant Electrifies NBA Fans in Grizzlies’ OT Win vs. Zion Williamson, Pelicans

Ja Morant Electrifies NBA Fans in Grizzlies’ OT Win vs. Zion Williamson, Pelicans
Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIDecember 27, 2023

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Ja Morant dropped a game-high 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting, seven assists and five rebounds en route to a 116-115 overtime win over the host New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.

The Pelicans led by 13 points going into the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies launched a ferocious comeback to tie the game up at 103 to force overtime.

Desmond Bane’s three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining cut the Pels’ lead to 103-102.

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DESMOND BANE 🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/5HiS4eZlvJ

Bane then blocked a CJ McCollum jumper on the other end, giving the Grizz a chance at the win.

Bally Sports: Grizzlies @GrizzOnBally

LOCK ‘EM DOWN DES! pic.twitter.com/iI18XOhAVI

Jaren Jackson Jr. then got fouled on a shot attempt, and he proceeded to make 1-of-2 from the line.

In overtime, a Marcus Smart three-point play, a pair of Jaren Jackson Jr. shots and a Morant alley-oop were the big buckets for the Grizz.

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WELCOME BACK MARCUS SMART pic.twitter.com/7H7ziB2Iv4

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12 making it look easy 🥷 pic.twitter.com/SxkaKBn5Jx

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BIG TRIPPPPP 😤 pic.twitter.com/K413meO60H

NBA @NBA

JA MORANT. SEALS THE DEAL.

Memphis pulls out the win in an OT thriller! pic.twitter.com/AlAyrwxQaO

A Brandon Ingram three cut the Pels’ lead to 115-112 with 10 seconds left, but Bane made a free throw in response. A McCollum three as time expired led to the final score.

The Grizzlies have now won four straight matchups since Morant returned from a 25-game suspension without pay for conduct detrimental to the league. He has averaged 28.8 points, 8.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds this season.

Morant has also led the Grizzlies to two sensational comebacks over the Pelicans. On Dec. 19, New Orleans blew a 24-point lead in a 115-113 contest punctuated by a Morant game-winner.

After this one, fans and analysts praised another solid Morant performance.

Hoop Muse @HoopMuse

Memphis are 4-0 with Ja Morant

Ja Morant already has more wins than the Pistons (2) and as many wins as the Spurs (4) pic.twitter.com/DEGx8PPQXu

Jamaican King 🇯🇲 @_karateChris

Ja Morant just have the IT factor to me. He reminds me of how I use to feel about AI. He may never outright be the defecto best player in the league. Yet it doesn’t matter because on any given night he can look like it. Then he can be even more marketable or popular than them.

vel🇵🇸 @hldmyhvnd

ja morant lowkey so clutch

King Crimson @KemalSevilla

Grizzlies really a different team with Morant playing

Plug Wa Mwea🌙 @PlugWaMwea

Ja Morant is cooking big. 4 wins in 4 games since his return 🔥

bry 🇵🇭 @lopezbryan__

Morant is special

🅿️eter 💤 @_pedroo10_

Ja Morant the goat

Patina Miller’s #1 Groupie @vvsharris

Ja Morant MVP

Coach Lew @CoachLewGrizz

We are 4.5 games out of the play-in. We are making the playoffs. Ja Morant is That Dude

d. @_312DARIUS

Vote Ja Morant into the ASG man

UTØPIAN @KingVon9

Basketball is more fun when Ja Morant is playing.

Morant and the Grizzlies will look to make it five straight when they visit the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets on Thursday.

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