We’ve officially hit that point of the NBA season where the Memphis Grizzlies have found their stride and become one of the most fun teams in the entire league. We all knew it was going to happen at some point after the No. 2 pick and Ja Morant fell into the already young and talented team’s lap this Summer and we’re officially at that point with Memphis winners of six straight.
Morant has been dominant since the start of the new year, but the show he put on against James Harden and the Rockets on Tuesday night could have been his official coming-out party. If for some reason you didn’t think the 20-year-old has NBA Rookie of The Year honors locked up at this point, think again.
Here is a stat line for you: 10-11 shooting, 3-4 from three-point land, 26 points, eight assists, five rebounds and just two turnovers.
The former Murray State man was simply clicking at a higher level on Tuesday night. First and foremost, three of his eight assists were unbelievable dimes, but the slow-mo behind the back move as he waited to lay it off to Jaren Jackson Jr. for a dunk stood out.
This dime to Brandon Clarke wasn’t too bad either.
It wasn’t all about the assists for Morant though. He let Harden know real quick that he best step up to him and play defense or else it was going to get ugly.
Morant hit a three in the first quarter with Harden playing way off the ball and mouthed ‘tell that motherf*ucker about me.’
Harden apparently didn’t get that message as his half-ass defensive effort continued late into the fourth quarter when Morant gave him a little taste of his stepback game.
And here I thought Harden had turned a new leaf when it came to actually playing defense?
The Grizzlies went on to win the game by a count of 121-110 thanks to Morant’s big night and Dillon Brooks scoring 24 points of his own.
Morant has now scored 22 or more points in five of Memphis’ seven games in 2020 giving him an average of 20.3 points per game, 8.9 assists per contest and a shooting percentage of 60.9 % in the month of January.
Be sure to check out the full highlights from Morant’s big night against the Rockets below.