After a tough home opening loss to the youthful Chicago Bulls Friday night, the Grizzlies were facing another potential loss down 118-110 with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter. This of course led to a dramatic comeback down the stretch, spearheaded by Grizzlies rookie and number two overall draft pick, Ja Morant. Morant would score 17 points in the fourth quarter and got the best of Nets star guard Kyrie Irving as he blocked his game winning shot attempt at the end of regulation.
The Grizzlies also got a spark from Jaren Jackson and Kyle Anderson who made some key stops down the stretch. Anderson got the knot at backup center during key moments of the game and showcased his elite level headiness and basketball IQ, in a position that is relatively foreign to him. Jackson would later foul out in overtime with 3:36 remaining in the game. He finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes in spite of his foul trouble and was 2 of 4 from the three-point line.
Solomon Hill also provided a welcome spark off of the bench contributing with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assist while going 5 for 5 from the field in 24 mins. This was the first game that Hill logged minutes in after not playing at all in the team’s previous two matchups.
Jae Crowder would of course have the biggest moment of the night as he drained a three-pointer to end the game in onetime off of a handoff from Ja Morant. Crowder’s buzzer beater was also the first of his career, and gave this young developing team a much needed victory. The Grizzlies will now travel to Los Angeles to compete against the Lakers on Tuesday