MEMPHIS. Tenn. — All Ja MorantTo match his playoff record of 47 points, and even more, he needed one eye. Memphis Grizzlies‘ Series with the Golden State Warriors.
Morant, who had blurred his vision after being poked in quarter three, scored the final 15 points for the Grizzlies. 106-101 winFedEx Forum, Game 2 in their Western Conference semifinal series.
Memphis avoided falling behind 0-2 with Morant's impressive 47 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds.
He joined LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only players with multiple 45-point games in the playoffs before turning 23 years old, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.
After complaining at the end the third quarter that he couldn’t see, he left the game.
“I still cannot” [see]Morant replied “Yes,” when Morant was asked about his vision. “I can see in the middle. I cannot see outside. I tried to get the rebound but got punched.
Morant stated, “I got another great eye over there — 20-20 vision right now.” My right eye is a gift from God, thank you.
The Grizzlies were trailing 97-93 with 3 minutes remaining when Morant was en midst of his fourth quarter takeover. Starter Dillon Brooks ejected in the opening minutes due to a flagrant 2 foulon Gary Payton IIAnd Jaren Jackson Jr.Morant was unable to finish the drive at 3:59, so he scored a second consecutive driving layup.
He then buried both a 6-foot floater and a 3-foot three. Morant also got a foul. Draymond GreenAs they chased after a rebound Green grabbed, officials called it a foul when Morant bumped into him with 49.8 seconds remaining. Morant made two free throws, and then sank a second driving floater for the Grizzlies to lead them 104-101 at 30.7 seconds.
“I feel like he's transformed into a true close friend,” power forward Xavier Tillman said.
Morant won the game at the free throw line to even the score.
Morant stated that this game is a “definitely big time” for him. “This was a must win game for me. I was frustrated that I missed the layup in game 1
Morant, whose career record is 52 points was frustrated when he missed a driving scoop layup. Klay ThompsonA trailing Payton at game's end in Game 1's 117 to116 loss to Golden State.
Morant said Warriors star Stephen CurryJackson told Jackson after the loss that “it was going to turn out to be a struggle.” We're going to have some fun.”
Curry was walking by Morant as streamers fell from Curry's ceiling following the buzzer chime on Tuesday night. Curry was able to return the favor by telling him, “We're going to have fun.”
Morant declared, “I was capable to return that message tonight.”
” … “…I am having a lot fun.”