Ja Morant’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Grizzlies in Thrilling Return

Ja Morant's Buzzer-Beater Lifts Grizzlies in Thrilling Return

In a thrilling return to the court, Ja Morant showcased his brilliance by leading the Memphis Grizzlies to a dramatic 115-113 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Morant, making his season debut after a 25-game suspension, delivered a stellar performance with 34 points, including a buzzer-beating, game-winning floater.

The Grizzlies, previously on a five-game losing streak and struggling with a 6-19 record during Morant’s suspension, faced a 24-point deficit in the first half. However, Morant’s remarkable comeback, highlighted by a go-ahead basket with 1:22 remaining, propelled Memphis to a 113-111 lead.

As the Pelicans tied the game, the teams exchanged missed 3-pointers before Morant seized the moment with a spinning dribble in the lane, concluding the contest with a buzzer-beater. The crowd was left in awe as Morant and his teammates celebrated under the basket.

Morant, reflecting on his return, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be back on the court after an eight-month absence. His 34-point performance set a record for the most points in NBA history by a player returning from an absence of at least 25 games.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins lauded Morant’s execution of the winning play, describing it as a “special play by a special player.” Morant’s dynamic abilities and fast-paced style of play were evident throughout the game.

Jaren Jackson Jr. contributed 24 points, and Desmond Bane added 21 for Memphis, ending the Pelicans’ four-game winning streak. Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 34 points, while Zion Williamson, hindered by foul trouble, finished with 13 points.

Despite early boos from Pelicans fans, Morant’s impactful performance silenced critics, showcasing his ability to drive into the paint and finish with finesse. The game remained competitive, with Morant preventing New Orleans from easing up.

In a game marked by Morant’s historic comeback and clutch performance, the Grizzlies emerged victorious, providing a significant boost to their season outlook.