Ja Morant (23) contributed greatly to the victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (hereinafter referred to as Memphis).
Memphis beat the Charlotte Hornets (hereinafter referred to as Charlotte) by 131-107, 26 points in the NBA 2022-23 season regular league game held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on the morning of the 5th (Korean time). With this, Memphis tied with the Denver Nuggets with a record of 24-13 and reached a 4-game winning streak. (Charlotte 10-29)
In Memphis, Morant scored 23 points and 8 assists, Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, and Stephen Adams scored 9 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. For Charlotte, Ramello Ball contributed 23 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists, and Jaylen McDaniels contributed 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Memphis decided the game from the first quarter. Memphis overwhelmed Charlotte with amazing firepower, scoring 40 points in the first quarter alone. Charlotte struggled with Terry Rozier on the ball, but it was not enough to stop Memphis’ offense. Memphis finished the first quarter with a 40-26, 14-point lead, with Morant scoring a total of 18 points with 12 points and 3 assists alone.
Memphis did not stop their explosive firepower in the second quarter. Morant played consistently, and Dylan Brooks and Jackson Jr. provided scoring support안전놀이터. The two, along with Adams, were key players in the team’s defense, blocking Charlotte’s offense and scoring 12 points. Memphis ended the first half with a 76-47, 29-point lead.
Charlotte entered the third quarter and scored from PJ Washington, McDaniels and Ball, but Kelly Oubre Jr.’s gap was clearly felt. Charlotte had a chance to pursue Memphis, but lack of firepower held her back. Memphis finished the third quarter with Desmond Bain scoring and maintaining a 102-73, 29-point lead.
Memphis did not use Morant in the fourth quarter and put up a lineup led by Bain and Jackson Jr. They lived up to the team’s expectations and maintained a 26-point lead with Xavier Thielman. Ball and Rozier resisted until 5 minutes before the end of the game, but Charlotte could not narrow the score. In the end, Charlotte called all of their starters to the bench.
Afterwards, Memphis won 131-107, 26 points at the end of garbage time.