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Postgame Report: Morant’s triple-double lifts Grizzlies over Jazz

by Memphis Grizzlies

Key Stat of the Night

  • The Grizzlies recorded 66 points in the paint and 29 fast break points. The Grizzlies are on pace to lead the NBA in both categories this season after topping the league in both last season.

Key Run of the Night

  • Utah cut Memphis’ 14-point lead to 105-101 with 4:40 remaining, but the Grizzlies scored 10 of the next 12 to rebuild a double-digit lead.

Game Recap

One night after he was named a starter for what will be his first career NBA All-Star appearance, Ja Morant posted the highest-scoring triple-double in franchise history to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the Utah Jazz.

Morant recorded 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Grizzlies, who defeated the Jazz for the second time this season and created 3.5 games of distance between Memphis and fourth-place Utah. It marked his fifth straight game with at least 30 points, breaking his previous franchise record of four games, set just one month ago from Dec. 27-Jan. 3.

Brandon Clarke tallied a season-high 22 points off the bench, the highest-scoring game by a Grizzlies reserve this season. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 18 points, five rebounds, and a season high-tying six blocks. Desmond Bane had 17 points while De'Anthony Melton contributed 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals off the bench.

The Grizzlies recorded 66 points in the paint and 29 fast break points in a matchup between the Southwest and Northwest Division leaders. Memphis entered the game leading the NBA in both categories, the Grizzlies’ second straight season to do so.

Danuel House Jr. led the Jazz with 21 points and two rebounds while Mike Conley scored all of his 15 points in the second half. Royce O'Neale scored 12 while Hassan Whiteside contributed 11 for the Jazz, who played without Rudy Gobert (left calf strain) and Donovan Mitchell (concussion protocol).

The Grizzlies and Jazz spent the first half going blow for blow before Morant keyed an 18-2 run to give Memphis a double-digit lead. Morant led all scorers with 16 points to go with eight rebounds in the first half.

The Grizzlies used a 13-5 run to stretch their lead to as much as 14 in the third quarter as Clarke scored 10 points in the period. An O’Neale 3-pointer brought the Jazz within four with 4:39 left to play before the Grizzlies outscored the Jazz 14-6 in the final four minutes of play.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will look to sweep their back-to-back with a matchup against the Washington Wizards on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Fans can watch on Bally Sports Southeast and listen on ESPN 92.9 FM.

Team Quotes

Team Notables

  • The Memphis Grizzlies opened their home back-to-back with their first win over the Utah Jazz inside FedExForum since Jan. 15, 2019. Memphis earned its second win over Utah in as many matchups after the Jazz won the previous six regular season tilts (and four of five in the 2021 Playoffs).
  • The Grizzlies handed the Jazz their fourth consecutive loss, which ties their longest losing streak of the season. Memphis created 3.5 games of distance between fourth-place Utah in what was a matchup between the Southwest and Northwest Division leaders.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies are now 16-6 in “clutch” games this season (when the margin is +/- 5 points within the final 5 minutes of the 4Q or OT). Memphis has the second-best “clutch” winning percentage (.727) in the NBA this season.

Player Notables

  • Ja Morant recorded his fourth career triple-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists one night after he was named a starter in what will be his first career NBA All-Star appearance. It marked the highest-scoring triple-double in franchise history and Morant’s franchise-record fifth consecutive game with at least 30 points. Morant eclipsed his own club record of four straight games, set just last month from Dec. 27-Jan. 3.
  • Jaren Jackson Jr. added 18 points, five rebounds and a season high-tying six blocks. Jackson Jr. became the first player to block at least six shots in consecutive games since Anthony Davis in 2014.
  • Brandon Clarke tallied a season-high 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting, the highest-scoring game by a Grizzlies reserve this season.
  • Danuel House Jr. had 21 points off the bench to lead the Jazz, who played without Donovan Mitchell (concussion protocol) and Rudy Gobert (left calf strain). Mitchell missed his sixth straight game while Gobert sat out his third.
  • Mike Conley scored all of his 15 points in the second half.

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