The 24-year-old basketball sensation, Ja Morant, proved he still reigns as a star on the court with a remarkable game-winning buzzer-beater. His clutch shot secured a thrilling 115-113 win for the Memphis Grizzlies.
A Stunning Comeback
Despite trailing by 24 points and enduring a dominant 23-0 run by the Pelicans in the second quarter, the Grizzlies displayed resilience and determination. They outscored their opponents 72-53 in the second half, completing a remarkable comeback.
Morant showcased his exceptional skills by contributing 27 of his 34 points in the second half. His performance included 13 points in the third quarter and 14 points in the fourth. Notably, Morant scored Memphis’ final six points and eight of their last 10.
In addition to his scoring prowess, Morant also made significant contributions in other areas of the game. He distributed eight assists and secured six rebounds, further cementing his value to the team.
Missing Morant’s Impact
The Grizzlies have sorely missed Morant’s presence on the court this season. After being the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference last year, their current record stands at 6-19. With Morant’s return, Memphis hopes to turn their season around and regain their winning momentum.
Unfortunately, Morant has faced legal issues recently, which have posed challenges for the player and his team. One incident involved a fight at Morant’s house with a then-17-year-old, while another altercation occurred at a Memphis mall where a member of Morant’s group allegedly shoved the head of security.
An additional incident involved the Indiana Pacers, who claimed that a red laser was pointed at their players from an SUV carrying Morant. While the Pacers suspected a gun threat, the NBA investigation determined that no individual had threatened others with a weapon.
A Consistent Performer
Despite the off-court challenges, Morant has consistently lived up to his high draft pick status. Throughout his last two seasons, he has averaged an impressive 26.8 points per game, showcasing his exceptional talent and potential.