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Morant has triple-double as Grizzlies trounce Bucks 142-101 – The Washington Submit


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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ja Morant had 25 factors, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies pounded the Milwaukee Bucks 142-101 on Thursday evening.

Dillon Brooks added 18 factors and Tyus Jones had 16 as eight Grizzlies scored in double figures. Memphis led from begin to end in its seventh straight win.

Memphis’ win, coupled with New Orleans’ time beyond regulation loss to Utah on Thursday evening, moved the Grizzlies into first place within the Western Convention.

“When groups face us, they’ve received to be prepared to come back out and play,” Morant mentioned, including: “We’ve received a number of guys who can exit and rating the ball. In the event you scout us, you’ve received to call all people on the listing.”

The Grizzlies opened a 50-point lead within the fourth quarter for the NBA’s largest benefit this season. Milwaukee was held to 38 factors within the paint, whereas Memphis had 86.

“I don’t assume it’s something earth-shattering,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins mentioned of the defensive effort. He added that the Grizzlies had been disciplined and confirmed a number of gamers in opposition to Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“I assumed we did a extremely good job simply taking them out of the paint.”

Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis led the Bucks with 19 factors apiece earlier than Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer emptied the bench late within the third quarter.

“We had been simply overwhelmed soundly in each means, form and type, and we now have to personal that,” Budenholzer mentioned.

The sport featured two of the highest groups of their respective conferences. Milwaukee started the evening a recreation behind East-leading Boston, whereas Memphis was tied for first with the Pelicans within the Western Convention.

However the Bucks struggled from the beginning of the sport. Memphis led 70-41 at halftime. It was probably the most factors given up in a half by Milwaukee this season.

“They had been simply taking part in properly. Flattening pictures,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “They had been operating. Their tempo was actually quick. They had been simply taking part in good basketball.”

Bucks: G Jrue Vacation missed his second recreation with a non-COVID-19 sickness. Serge Ibaka additionally was a late scratch for a similar purpose. … F Khris Middleton was 1 of 12 within the recreation, together with 1 of 8 from 3-point vary. … Milwaukee’s greatest loss in franchise historical past was by 48 two instances, the final time within the 1994-95 season in opposition to Orlando.

Grizzlies: Jenkins is tied with Dave Joerger for second place on the franchise profession wins listing with 147. Lionel Hollins has probably the most wins as Memphis coach with 214. … F/C Brandon Clarke made all six of his pictures within the recreation and has related on 55 of 77 pictures over his previous 11 video games. … Rookie David Roddy scored a season-best 15 factors.

The sport featured two of the league’s greatest shot blockers. Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez leads the league with a median of two.9 blocks a recreation and 75 total. In the meantime, Jaren Jackson Jr. of Memphis entered with a 3.64 common regardless of taking part in solely 11 video games. Neither had a block within the recreation, and Milwaukee solely had one block — by Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

As an alternative, it was Memphis middle Steven Adams who had a season-high 5 blocks.

“We really feel like we’re about to get on that stride like we had final yr and received 10 straight. As you possibly can see, we’re flowing and taking part in fairly good proper now,” Morant mentioned.

Bucks: Face the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

Grizzlies: Journey to Oklahoma Metropolis to face the Thunder on Saturday.

Extra AP NBA protection: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports activities



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