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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Morant leads Grizzlies to 132-126 victory in overtime

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies scored a franchise record-tying 80 points in the paint, matching their effort from earlier this season on Jan. 13 at Minnesota… Memphis’ paint scoring average is the NBA’s fifth-highest since the start of the 1996-97 season.
  • Memphis entered tonight’s game leading the NBA in points in the paint per game (55.3) while Boston allows 44.9 points in the paint per game to their opponents, ranking sixth-best in the NBA. The Grizzlies out-scored the Celtics 52-20 in points in the paint in the second and third quarter combined.

Key Run of the Night

  • After four quarters of play, the Grizzlies and Celtics were tied at 117-117. Memphis outscored Boston 15-9 in the overtime period while out-shooting the Celtics 55.6 percent to 37.5 percent and out-rebounding Boston 7-2. The Grizzlies improved to 2-0 in overtime games this season.

Game Recap

The Grizzlies held on in overtime to beat the Boston Celtics in a 132-126 thriller at FedExForum on Monday.

Ja Morant led the way with 29 points, nine assists and five rebounds while Dillon Brooks added 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Jonas Valanciunas recorded his 27th double-double of the season with 16 points and 19 rebounds (seven offensive). The Grizzlies scored a franchise-record 80 points in the paint and dished out a season-high 38 assists in the victory.

Jaylen Brown scored 26 points with nine rebounds and five assists and Teague scored a season-high 26 points.

Boston shot an impressive 63 percent from three to take the 65-60 lead into halftime, but as the Celtics lit it up from long range, the Grizzlies dominated near the basket to score 44 points in the paint in the first half. Morant and Brooks each had 12 points while Jeff Teague was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field to get 13 points.

The Ja Morant Show was in full effect in the third quarter as he delivered his signature acrobatics and flashy assists to help the Grizzlies roll to a 94-86 lead going into the final quarter.

The Grizzlies spent the fourth quarter fending off a Celtics run to keep the lead until a Marcus Smart alley-oop to Daniel Theis with 7.3 seconds left tied the score at 117 and sent the game into overtime.

Brooks’ five points in overtime helped the Grizzlies pull out the win over the short-handed Celtics.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will head to Oklahoma City for a matchup against the Thunder to open a four-game road trip. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • With tonight’s win, Memphis ended Boston’s 10-game winning streak in the head-to-head series, the longest streak by either team in the overall series. Prior to tonight, the Grizzlies’ last win over the Celtics came inside FedExForum on Jan. 10, 2016.
  • The Grizzlies finished a four-game home stand Monday night with the victory against Boston. Memphis went 3-1 during the home stand after defeating the Miami Heat and splitting a back-to-back with the Golden State Warriors. After this home stand, 20 of the Grizzlies’ final 32 games this season will be played on the road.
  • Memphis tallied a season-high 38 assists, good for the third-highest in a single game in franchise history. Eight different Grizzlies recorded multiple assists and Memphis improved to 11-1 this season when reaching 30-plus assists. The Grizzlies rank sixth in the league in assists per game (26.8).
  • The Grizzlies improved to 10-2 on the season when shooting 50 percent or higher from the field. Memphis knocked down 50 shots on a season-high 110 field goal attempts, the second-most field goal attempts in a game in franchise history (Mar. 13, 2012, 116 FGA).
  • The Grizzlies out-scored the Celtics 34-21 in the third quarter while shooting 57.7 percent from the field, compared to 36.4 percent for Boston. The Grizzlies out-scored the Celtics 9-0 in points off turnovers and 24-10 in points in the paint.

Player Notables

  • Jonas Valančiūnas posted a double-double with a team high-tying 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-2 FT), 19 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes. Valančiūnas, who has recorded 27 double-doubles in 35 games this season, has notched a double-double in 18 of his last 22 outings. His double-double rate (.771) would set a franchise record for a single season (Zach Randolph, .718 in 2010-11).
  • Valančiūnas ranks third in the NBA in rebounds per game (career-high 12.1). Zach Randolph, who averaged 12.2 rebounds per game in 2010-11, holds the Grizzlies’ single-season franchise record for rebounds per game.
  • Dillon Brooks totaled 24 points (10-22 FG), seven assists and seven rebounds in 37 minutes. Memphis is 8-4 this season when Brooks scores 20-plus points (20-6 last season).
  • Ja Morant totaled a game-high 29 points (12-25 FG), nine assists and five rebounds in 41 minutes. Morant is now averaging 21.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 10 games in the month of March.
  • Desmond Bane notched 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Bane is now shooting 50 percent from 3-point range since the Second Half of the season began (eight games).

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