NBA Playoffs: Memphis Grizzlies win wild thriller against Minnesota Timberwolves

What a thriller! Thanks to Ja Morant, the Memphis Grizzlies secured a 111-109 victory over the Timberwolves to give them a 3-2 league lead. First, the youngster knocks out a monster can, then he gilds the Grizzlies comeback with the game winner.

Memphis Grizzlies (2) – Minnesota Timberwolves (7) 111: 109 (BOXSCORE), Series: 3-2

With 3.7 seconds left on the clock, Morant got the ball, attacked the ring and one spectacular layup to victory out. Memphis was down a full 13 points in the fourth quarter, but Morant was still the hero.

The 22-year-old scored 18 of his 30 points (9/22 FG) in the final section and totaled 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and a Monster Dunk, who should already have a good chance of the best slam of the off-season. Desmond Bane helped with 25 points on 9/20, Brandon Clarke dominated the boards and secured a double-double (21 and 15 rebounds, 9 offensive rebounds). Memphis had 23 Second Chance Points.

“Go and get a bucket, yes,” the hero of the evening described his mindset before getting the ball in the last move. But his previous game was also an important factor in the comeback: “The can definitely lit a fire in the fans and gave us energy. From there, I just wanted to be aggressive – I do not want to talk about what else turned me on.” Morant could have played with it a cheer from Karl-Anthony Towns or a “Too Small” gesture by Patrick Beverley just before.

The two Grizzlies stars’ shooting quotas already give you an idea, it was a strange game. Both teams made a huge number of mistakes (MIN: 23 turnovers, MEM: 16), leaving a lot of open throws and free throws, but also delivering several highlights. Thus, the Grizzlies won despite hitting only 41.5 percent from the field and 7/28 three-pointers.

Towns held on for Minnesota with 28 points (5/7 threes) and 12 rebounds, but he also had 7 turnovers and celebrated way too early with his jubilant gesture against Grizzlies fans. Anthony Edwards had 22 points with 8/20 FG, D’Angelo Russell remained relatively pale with 12 points (4/10 FG), 8 assists and 4 turnovers. The series now continues Saturday night in Minnesota.

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