MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jaren Jackson Jr. had 25 factors, 12 rebounds and three blocks and Memphis beat the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 121-110 on Friday night time in a recreation the place Grizzlies star Ja Morant left late with an harm on the ankle.
Morant and John Konchar added 19 every for Memphis, with Morant ending with 11 assists and Konchar grabbing 10 rebounds. Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins stated after the sport that Morant “twisted” his ankle, however there was no additional phrase on Morant’s harm. He added that the workforce would additional assess the state of affairs on Saturday.
For Jackson, who missed the primary 14 video games of the season, Friday’s efficiency was significantly better than his debut in Tuesday’s loss at New Orleans. In that one, Jackson had seven factors, making simply 3 of 14 pictures and lacking all seven of his 3-point makes an attempt.
In opposition to Oklahoma Metropolis, Jackson scored first on a dunk after which on a 3-pointer to keep away from being adopted. Jackson stated the distinction was probably a mix of eliminating early rust and getting two hoops earlier.
“You may’t actually predict all of that,” Jackson stated of his debut, “however it was only a lot higher than earlier than pace-wise. I felt so much higher there. I used to be in a position to put my ft beneath me and my legs.
Josh Giddey led Oklahoma Metropolis with 20 factors and 11 assists. Jalen Williams had 16 factors, six rebounds and 7 assists. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had his lowest recreation of the season with 15 factors, going 6 of 18 from the sector.
Jenkins credited not simply Dillon Brooks’ protection on Gilgeous-Alexander, however Memphis’ skill to change defenders and take a number of seems to be on the Thunder’s main scorer.
“We have been simply attempting to maintain it off stability,” Jenkins stated.
Memphis led a nine-point lead within the fourth interval and shortly prolonged it to 12. However the Thunder went 106-102 with 2:38 left. The Grizzlies then scored 9 straight factors after Morant injured his ankle to seal it.
“I imply, we gave ourselves an opportunity. We acquired again into it just a few occasions,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault stated, later including, “We made just a few runs, however we have been just a few runs away. Credit score (the Grizzlies). They have been higher.
Jackson’s early offense helped Memphis construct a number of double-digit leads. However every time, the Thunder fought again. Memphis held a 63-59 lead on the break, however the showdown between Gilgeous-Alexander and Morant, two of essentially the most dynamic younger guards within the league, hadn’t fairly materialized.
Gilgeous-Alexander and Morant each continued to shoot inaccurately for 3 quarters, representing each groups connecting on lower than 45% of their pictures in that point.
“Basketball is a racing recreation. It is about how one can climate the storms and how one can enhance your margins,” Giddey stated. “We improved because the season progressed. We did not let too many video games spiral uncontrolled.
Thunder: C Aleksej Pokusevski injured his left ankle late within the first half and went straight to the locker room. He didn’t return to the sport. Mike Muscala began the second half. … Rookie Jalen Williams, Santa Clara’s twelfth total choose, began his third recreation of the season up entrance. … F Darius Bazley missed his fifth recreation with a sprained proper ankle.
Grizzlies: Memphis averted its first three-game shedding streak of the season and is now 6-1 at residence. … Tyus Jones hit 1,750 profession assists with a penny within the second quarter. …Konchar set a profession excessive with 5 3-pointers.
Thunder: Host New York Monday night time.
Grizzlies: In Brooklyn Sunday night time.