Behind a triple-double from Ja Morant, Memphis cruised to its seventh straight win with a dominating 142-101 home victory over Milwaukee on Thursday, December 15 (Friday, December 16, Manila time).
In a game that saw the Grizzlies carry a 46-point lead into the fourth quarter and push the advantage to 50 a minute into the final period, Morant finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season. He became the first player in franchise history to have a triple-double before the start of the fourth quarter.
Dillon Brooks added 18 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Steven Adams was a force in the paint and tallied 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Jaren Jackson Jr. got in foul trouble and finished with 4 points and 6 boards.
Despite Morant’s stats, Memphis got contributions from all over in the blowout win. Tyus Jones (16 points), David Roddy (15 points), Brandon Clarke (12 points) and Ziaire Williams (11 points), and Santi Aldama (14 points) all came off the bench to score in double digits. Aldama scored all of his points in the second half, while the other four combined for 35 points in the first half.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Bobby Portis added 19 points and 7 rebounds, while MarJon Beauchamp had 12 points off the bench.
But Brook Lopez tallied 4 points and 3 boards, Grayson Allen added 4 points and 2 rebounds, and Khris Middleton was held to just 3 points on 1-of-12 shooting from the field to account for Milwaukee’s other starters.
Memphis jumped out to a 9-2 lead to start the game after Morant connected on a three-pointer with less than nine to play in the opening quarter. The Grizzlies’ lead ballooned to 18-8 on back-to-back buckets by Roddy with 5:12 to play in the first.
A three-pointer by Jones and an and-one by Morant extended Memphis’ lead to 26-13 nine minutes into the game, before back-to-back buckets by Jones and Roddy gave the Grizzlies a 33-18 lead after one.
Midway through the second quarter, Memphis pushed its lead 46-25 behind another three-pointer from Jones, his third in the first half, a Clark jumper and back-to-back layups by Brooks. A 10-5 run, sparked by Jones and Roddy, increased the home team’s lead to 56-30 with 4:53 to play in the second quarter. Back-to-back layups by Morant put Memphis up 70-41 at halftime.
Memphis continued its onslaught against the NBA’s best defensive team in the third quarter by outscoring Milwaukee 47-30, which all but ended any chance of a Bucks comeback. – Rappler.com