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Postgame Report: Morant’s 47 points lift Grizzlies over Warriors to even series

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies held the Warriors to just 7-for-38 (18%) shooting from 3-point range. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 5-for-23 shooting (22%) from deep.

Key Run of the Night

  • Ja Morant scored Memphis’ final 15 points over the final 4:16 while the Grizzlies limited the Warriors to just six points in that span.

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies used Ja Morant’s 47 points to rally past the Golden State Warriors 106-101 and even the second round series on Tuesday night.

Morant single-handedly outscored the Warriors 15-6 in the final 4:16 of the game on his way to a tying his own franchise postseason record with 47 points on 15-for-31 shooting. Morant connected on five 3-pointers to go with eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

Ziaire Williams scored 14 points with five rebounds on 4-for-8 shooting while supplying tight defense in the final minutes. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 points with seven rebounds while Brandon Clarke tallied 10 points with three rebounds.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while Jordan Poole notched 20 points, five assists and three rebounds.

The Grizzlies took the early lead behind Morant’s 14 first quarter points on 4-for-7 shooting. Jackson Jr. notched 10 points and three rebounds as the Grizzlies led 33-25 after 12 minutes of play.

Memphis held off the Warriors in the second quarter, holding on to a 56-51 lead at halftime. Morant led the Grizzlies with 23 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field to go with five assists and four rebounds in the half. Curry scored 15 points with five rebounds to lead the Warriors.

The Warriors finished the third quarter on a 13-3 run to bring the score even at 77-77 with one quarter remaining, but the fourth quarter belonged to Morant as he exploded for 18 points in the final period.

Morant is the third player in NBA history to have multiple 45-point postseason performances before turning 23 years old, joining LeBron James and Kobe Bryant (ESPN).

Next Game

The Grizzlies will look to take the series lead over the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • The Memphis Grizzlies evened the Western Conference Semifinals series, 1-1, with the Golden State Warriors.
  • Memphis made 20 of their 21 free throw attempts (95.2%), going 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter.
  • The Grizzlies won despite the Warriors winning the rebounding battle 52-47 and outscoring Memphis 60-42 in points in the paint and 20-10 in second chance points.

Player Notables

  • Ja Morant tied his own playoff franchise scoring record with 47 points along with eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Morant scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, the second game this postseason he has gone for 18 points in a fourth period, and the final 15 points for the Grizzlies.
  • Morant tied the record he initially set in Game 2 of the 2021 First Round at Utah.
  • According to ESPN Stats & Info, Morant joins LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only players in NBA history with multiple 45-point postseason performances before turning 23 years old.
  • Ziaire Williams scored 14 points, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3-point range, after missing the previous two games with right knee soreness.
  • Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
  • Jordan Poole notched 20 points off the bench after scoring a team-high 31 points in Game 1.

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