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.
Grizzlies Vs. Wolves: Bug Festival in the first half
From Wolves’ point of view, the start could hardly have been more disastrous. Bad passes led to ball loss, KAT cashed in two quick errors and Memphis ran away 13: 2. After a break, however, Minnesota got much better into the game (9-0 run), and then the two teams delivered a balanced and entertaining first quarter. Spectacular plays like this highlighted block There were both sides, Minnesota had a small advantage thanks to 7 threes on the scoreboard (31:28).
The Wolves made the game fast and on the one hand made good transitions, but on the other hand they continued to make a lot of mistakes (14 turnovers in the first half). The triangle would not fall either (1/9). But Memphis could not punish it because of their own weaknesses in Downtown (3/12 at the break) and especially from the free throw line (10/18). It was also strange when Bane got a technical foul because he pushed Wolves coach Chris Finch aside. It went into the locker room for Minnesota in 55:53.
The quality of the game also left a lot to be desired in the third quarter taken into account such sequences some felt reminded of a Summer League match. Downtown Towns and Jarred Vanderbilt swept Minnesota in double digits as Memphis continued to run out of goal water. Open throws also hit the ring in a row (9/25 FG in the third quarter). But then Morant woke up and gave the Grizzlies new life with an absolute monster dunk. 85:74 for the Wolves.
Wild Finish: Morant shocks the wolves with Gamewinner
At the start of the fourth quarter, Morant failed with his next poster attempt, but Bane scored a three-pointer to Memphis in what felt like an eternity. Downtown’s Towns, however, got Grizzlies fans to silence with a three-pointer.
His jubilant gesture with his finger on his mouth came far too soon. The final stages were absolutely wild: Morant shortened with an acrobatic layup, then Clarke annoyed the wolves several times with his excellent work under the boards and tip-ins. After one of his 9 offensive rebounds, he served Morant on the three-point line a minute before the end, which actually pushed Memphis back into the lead.
In isolation, balled Russell and Morant raised to +3 from the line. And then came Edwards! The 20-year-old received the ball in the right corner 4 seconds before the end and lowered the icy three-pointer to equalize. over time? Are you serious when you say that! Morant moved too easily into the zone on the final attack when Edwards unsuccessfully went after the steal. The young Grizzlies avoided the block on the layup and put the ball in the net to win. 3-2 to Memphis!
NBA Playoffs – Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves: The Series at a Glance (3-2)
|1||April 16||21.30||Memphis Grizzlies||Minnesota Timberwolves||117: 130|
|2||the 20th of April||02.30||Memphis Grizzlies||Minnesota Timberwolves||124: 96|
|3||April 22||1:30||Minnesota Timberwolves||Memphis Grizzlies||95: 104|
|4||April 24||4 o’clock||Minnesota Timberwolves||Memphis Grizzlies||119: 118|
|5||April 27||1:30||Memphis Grizzlies||Minnesota Timberwolves||111: 109|
|6||April, 30||TBD||Minnesota Timberwolves||Memphis Grizzlies||–|
|7 *||May 1||TBD||Memphis Grizzlies||Minnesota Timberwolves||–|