Following Tuesday night’s 116-108 home success over the Golden State Warriors, Ja Morant told the press that he and the Memphis Grizzlies have gotten the respect they deserve now. That much should be certain considering that they just won their tenth straight game, and they did it against one of the top dogs in the Western Conference and the league as a whole. Morant, as you could imagine, was top-notch here, scoring 29 points on the way to the victory.
But it was his play late in the going that really mattered, as he had five in the final minute alone to seal the deal and deny Steph Curry and co. Three other starters and two players off the bench also produced double-digits in points, a familiar theme that has occurred with some of the top teams in the NBA this season. As for Curry, he led the way for the losing Warriors with a triple-double, dropping 28 points while dishing out ten assists and grabbing ten boards. Klay Thompson had 14 in 20 minutes of action. Elsewhere, the Denver Nuggets once again lost a lead, though this time it was much more dubious than any of the collapses they’ve had before. Up 25 points on the Los Angeles Clippers on the road in the second half, the Nuggets somehow conspired to figure out a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The Clippers forced 20 turnovers and relied upon Amir Coffey and Reggie Jackson to lead the charge. Coffey had 18 points while Jackson had just 13. But most crucially, 11 of those came in the fourth quarter as they rallied back and stunned the Nuggets 87-85. Nikola Jokic fell just two assists shy of a triple-double while Aaron Gordon put up 30 (with 12 rebounds) in the losing effort.