Ja Morant took over late in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Brooklyn Nets squadered their chance for a second straight win, and a road victory at that by falling to the Memphis Grizzlies 134-133 on Sunday night.
Jae Crowder hit a desperation 3-pointer as time expired to clinch a clutch win for Memphis. Kyrie Irving led the way for the Nets with 37 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Morant carried the Grizzlies with 30 points, nine assists and four rebounds including a key block of Irving on a potential game-winner that sent the game to overtime.
The Nets defense struggled throughout most of the night and it took a 40 point third quarter effort to build a five point lead heading into the final period. Morant and company kept the heat on Brooklyn's vulnerable defense and eventually they broke.
The Nets take on the Pacers and Rockets in their next two games and now find themselves climbing out of a sub .500 hole. All three of Brooklyn's games so far this year were decided on the last possession while it lost both contests that went to overtime. Caris LeVert added 27 points while Spencer Dinwiddie adding 16 and Jarrett Allen 14 in the losing effort.
Far too many times the Nets were ball watching Irving dazzle with his out of this world handles and sneaky rim attacks. Brooklyn has no problem scoring the ball, it's stopping the opponents that the Nets will need to work on if they hope to get things back on track on Mischief Night.