Morant scores 38 in return as streaking Grizzlies top Spurs

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) is defended by San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl...
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) is defended by San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) and another Spur during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)(Brandon Dill | AP)
Published: Jan. 11, 2023 at 10:01 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) -Ja Morant scored 38 points, Jaren Jackson added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies hung on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 135-129 on Wednesday night for their season-high eighth-straight victory.

Morant, who missed the previous two games with right thigh soreness, was 14 of 25 from the field, including 3 for 5 from outside the arc. Desmond Bane finished with 18 points and Tyus Jones added 16.

Keldon Johnson, who missed the past two games with left hamstring tightness, led the Spurs with 24 points. Tre Jones had 22 points and six assists, while Jakob Poeltl added 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.

Memphis, up 14 at halftime, maintained the lead through the third quarter before consecutive 3-pointers from Josh Richardson (12 points) early in the fourth helped get the Spurs within single digits. San Antonio trailed 130-127 after a floater by Richardson with 2:42 left, but the Grizzlies closed it out.

The Spurs continued to play without Devin Vassell, their second-leading scorer at 19.4 points per game. He is out indefinitely after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee.

Memphis ran off 11 straight points to open the second quarter and took a 76-62 lead into the break.


Spurs: Host the Golden State Warriors on Friday in the Alamodome.

Grizzlies: Travel to Indianapolis to face the Pacers on Saturday.

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