MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ja Morant dropped a pitch seven feet larger than Jakob Poeltl and scored a career-high 52 points, lifting the Memphis Grizzlies against the San Antonio Spurs 118-105 on Monday night.
The arena was still buzzing after Morant’s quick breakthrough late in the second quarter when Steven Adams delivered a long field pass to Morant, who knocked out a buzzer from the left touchline to take a 68-58 lead. during recess.
Morant added 13 points in a row in the fourth inning to break the open game, after picking up a career-best 46 points in Saturday’s win in Chicago by connecting on the 22nd of 30 from the field. . He hit all four 3-point attempts as Memphis took his second straight win.
De’Anthony Melton added 15 points for Memphis, while Tyus Jones added 13 points.
Morant’s performance was the first 50-point game in the history of the Grizzlies franchise.
Lonnie Walker IV led the Spurs with 22 points, while Dejounte Murray added 21 points and eight assists before being eliminated at the end of the fourth quarter. Poeltl finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Spurs loss left coach Gregg Popovich one game short of forcing Don Nelson to win his most regular season of the season by an NBA coach.
The Grizzlies led to 13 early in the fourth inning, their biggest in the game at the time, but the Spurs took a 104-99 lead near the midpoint of the fourth inning. That’s when Morant scored 13 points in a row.
Morant had 29 points in the first half having shot 12/15 games.
https://nypost.com/2022/02/28/ja-morants-career-high-52-points-lift-grizzlies-over-spurs/ Ja Morant raises 52 career points for Grizzlies against Spurs