The Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 115-113 in the 2023-2024 NBA regular season at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, the U.S. on Tuesday (Korea time). The victory lifted Memphis out of a five-game losing streak.
The hero was definitely Ja Morant. It was Morant’s first game after the NBA secretariat’s disciplinary action. In the first game, Morant proved why he was a superstar.
Morant marked his return against New Orleans with 34 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and a 50% success rate.
The highlight was the fourth quarter. Memphis fell behind 41-60 in the first half by losing to New Orleans. It fell behind with no control over Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram’s one-two punch. In the second half, however, Desmond Bain, who had been sluggish in the first half, came to life, centering on the awakened Morant, and Jaren Jackson Jr. played well and began to narrow the gap.
The game entered clutch time, and a showdown between superstars unfolded. Memphis scored on Morant’s breakthrough, and New Orleans countered with Williamson’s under-the-basket score and Ingram’s midrange score. 스포츠토토
The final winner was Morant. Morant crossed the halfway line alone with 10 seconds left to play, and made a one-on-one attack with the score tied at 113-113 and threw a floater shot past Herb Jones, who was a defender. The shot succeeded with the closing buzzer to secure a thrilling victory.
In a post-match interview, Morant said, “I enjoy the clutch situation. I’m happy to be back on the court,” and his Memphis teammates congratulated Morant with joy.