The Memphis Grizzlies were supposed to be out of the NBA Playoffs coming into today. No Ja Morant and down 3-1, most people were writing them off ahead of Wednesday’s game despite it being at home. Except for the Grizzlies and their fans, as they kept the series alive with a historic performance in a 134-95 victory. The 134 points that they scored are the most in the history of the franchise in a postseason game, and of course, it means they get to play a Game 6 in San Fran for the opportunity to do the unthinkable against the Golden State Warriors.
Jaren Jackson, Jr., Desmond Bane, and Tyus Jones each had 21 (and none of them played more than 25 minutes), and they will now head west with a lot of momentum and hope. Elsewhere, the Milwaukee Bucks were left reeling by the Boston Celtics on Wednesday but they beat the count and put themselves in control of their second-round series with a 110-107 road win that means they can head home and clinch a berth to the conference finals next time out with a triumph. Despite Giannis having a hot game in which he scored 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, the Bucks still were down by as many as 14 at one stage as the C’s looked like taking the 3-2 edge in their stead. But Bobby Portis’ contribution, his 14 points, and 15 boards from the bench were huge on the evening, with his bucket being the go-ahead in the clutch, and that helped push Giannis and co. a game away from getting closer to defending the title they won a year ago.