Ja Morant is much-watch TV.
The rookie guard has 16 points, eight assists, and a heap of highlight plays as the Memphis Grizzlies survived a late Cleveland rally to defeat the Cavaliers 113-109 on Saturday (AEDT) for their seventh straight win.
Dillon Brooks scored 26 points and Brandon Clarke had 15 points while shooting 6 of 8 from the field, part of Memphis’ 51 percent shooting performance for the game.
The story, though, was Morant, who stunned the crowd with his athletic prowess, including a highlight alley-oop jam.
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Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 28 points and six assists, while Kevin Love added 19 points. Larry Nance Jr. finished with 16 points, as the Cavaliers lost their third straight and eighth in their last 10.
Cleveland had a chance to chip into the Memphis lead in the final seconds, but Love missed a pair of 3-pointers and the Cavaliers never got within one possession.
Memphis appeared to break open the game in the third quarter behind 15 points from Brooks, who was 5 of 7 from the field, including a couple of 3-pointers. The Grizzlies continually stretched the lead as the Cavs struggled from the field in the period.
And if that wasn’t enough, centre Tristan Thompson was ejected after drawing his second technical of the game in an ongoing bickering with Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder. The two had drawn double-technicals earlier.
Despite falling behind by 18 early in the fourth, Cleveland got back within four at 113-109 when Love converted a trio of free throws with 52.3 left.