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Postgame Report

Postgame Report: Morant’s overtime heroics not enough to beat Jokic, Nuggets in double-OT thriller

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • Ja Morant recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 36 points and 12 assists while grabbing eight rebounds.

Key Run of the Night

  • The Grizzlies held control throughout the first half, taking a 60-56 lead into halftime.

Game Recap

Nikola Jokic’s 47 points pushed the Denver Nuggets past the Memphis Grizzlies in a 139-137 overtime thriller on Monday night.

Jokic delivered a dominant performance with 15 rebounds and eight assists to go with his 47 points while Will Barton served as a Jamal Murray understudy with 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. added 21 points and seven rebounds.

Ja Morant recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 36 points and 12 assists while grabbing eight rebounds. Xavier Tillman capitalized on his call up to the starting lineup with 18-point, 14-rebound double-double, the first of his career. Grayson Allen added 24 points and De'Anthony Melton returned to action with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists off the bench.

With all focus on MVP candidate Jokic, it was Barton that had the Nuggets rolling early with 13 quick points in the first quarter. The Grizzlies answered with their own 20-8 run behind Melton’s 14 points to go up 35-27 at the end of the quarter.

The Grizzlies held control throughout the first half, taking a 60-56 lead into halftime.

Melton led the team with 19 points, the most any Grizzlies player has scored before halftime this season. Jokic paced the Nuggets with 16 points and six rebounds. The Nuggets had 14 turnovers which led to 25 points for the Grizzlies.

Allen poured in 10 points in the third quarter to leave the Grizzlies with a 95-87 lead heading into the final quarter, where they endured a late fourth quarter scoring push from the Nuggets. Jokic led a 14-2 run to force overtime as the Grizzlies scored only two points in the final 4:21 of regulation.

Morant scored nine points in the first overtime to give the Grizzlies an advantage, but a late triple from Barton forced a second overtime period, where Jokic answered to close out the game for the Nuggets.

Next Game

The Grizzlies travel to Los Angeles to take on the Clippers on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the game on Bally Sports Southeast or listen to the call on 92.9 FM ESPN.

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Ja Morant recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 36 points and 12 assists while grabbing eight rebounds.
  • Xavier Tillman capitalized on his call up to the starting lineup with 18-point, 14-rebound double-double, the first of his career.
  • Grayson Allen added 24 points.
  • De'Anthony Melton returned to action with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists off the bench.

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