SAN FRANCISCO — In his 3rd NBA season, Ja Morant is speaking up during timeouts and showing his maturation with each large basket.
He and his supporting formed are defending with vigor and doing each of the important small things.
Morant made a driving layup with 57.9 seconds near and shined successful Stephen Curry’s location gathering erstwhile again, scoring 30 points arsenic the Memphis Grizzlies made it 2 consecutive thrilling overtime wins against the Golden State Warriors with a 104-101 triumph Thursday night.
“He’s conscionable taken immense steps each around, arsenic a player, arsenic a leader, he’s uncovering his voice,” manager Taylor Jenkins said. “… His dependable is conscionable resonating throughout.”
Curry coiled up with 36 points, but went scoreless successful the 4th fourth and overtime — 0 for 6. He missed 2 cardinal 3-pointers precocious successful a rematch of the play-in crippled from 5 months agone that Memphis won 117-112 successful OT connected May 21 astatine Chase Center.
Curry couldn’t person a 3 to extremity regulation, leaving the teams tied astatine 98, past different with 1:18 remaining successful the other play to decorativeness 7 for 20 from heavy successful the Warriors’ archetypal nonaccomplishment pursuing a 4-0 start.
Desmond Bane scored 19 for the Grizzlies, who ended a two-game skid and concluded their four-game West Coast travel with a back-to-back pursuing a 116-96 decision astatine Portland connected Wednesday night. Morant changeable 11 for 22.
“He figures retired however to people precocious game,” Jaren Jackson Jr. said.
Damion Lee added 14 points disconnected the seat for Golden State.
Jackson’s 3-pointer got the Grizzlies wrong 86-84 astatine the 7:45 people of the fourth, past Memphis capitalized connected a turnover by Andre Iguodala and tied it the adjacent clip down connected De’Anthony Melton’s abbreviated jumper.
That started a furious, back-and-forth decorativeness reminiscent of the thriller from 5 months earlier.
“We talked a batch better. We conscionable responded truly well,” Jackson said of making things hap connected the antiaircraft end. “Overtime triumph is huge.”
Draymond Green gave everyone a scare erstwhile helium went down grabbing his genu with 2:50 near earlier halftime but helium was good and coiled up with a cardinal artifact — 1 of his 5 connected the nighttime — and rebound successful the last 18.3 seconds. He had 12 boards and 7 assists.
“I thought we had an casual commencement to the 2nd 4th and past we got a small crazy,” Warriors manager Steve Kerr said.
Curry, playing 12 years to the time aft making his NBA debut, changeable 11 for 29 and besides contributed 8 assists and 7 rebounds arsenic the Warriors began an eight-game homestand. They had their champion commencement since opening 24-0 successful 2015-16.