NBA recap: Morant sprains his ankle in Grizzlies OT win
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Brandon Clarke converted the starting gun with 38.6 seconds in overtime and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies overtook the understaffed Brooklyn Nets for a 116-111 win on Monday night.
Joe Harris watched his 3-point attempt hit the rim 5.6 seconds from time, and Memphis’ Kyle Anderson ended a career-high night with 28 points scoring three free throws in the final 3.9 seconds.
Clarke’s clutch shot and Anderson’s big feat came in one night when Ja Morant sprained his left ankle in the late second quarter. Morant scored seven points before he was injured and watched his teammates from the bench while he wore walking boots.
Brooks added 24 points and seven rebounds when he and Anderson together were 18 of 36 off the ground. Clarke finished with 16 points while Jonas Valanciunas collected 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Caris LeVert had 28 points and 11 assists for the nets that rested stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Utah Jazz 110 – Oklahoma City Thunder 109
Donovan Mitchell, struggling with his shot for much of the game, sank the winner’s basket with seven seconds remaining, bringing Utah to a win in Oklahoma City.
Mitchell was only 3/15 off the floor until his pull-up sweater got him going with less than six minutes left. Mitchell hit 5 of 8 on the line, scoring Jazz’s final 12 points, including the crucial floater over Luguentz There of Oklahoma City.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and led Utah. Mitchell and Mike Conley finished the race on 20 points each, with Conley adding 10 rebounds and nine assists. Rudy Gobert contributed 12 points and 10 boards. There his career ended with 26 points for a regular season game.
Atlanta Hawks 128 – Detroit Pistons 120
Trae Young scored 29 points and shot 15:15 on the foul line to help Atlanta stave off Detroit’s comeback attempt and beat the visiting Pistons.
Atlanta made its first 3-0 start since the 2016/17 season. Detroit is 0-3 for the first time since 2014-15. The Hawks broke a one-on-one loss to the Pistons and grabbed a three-game skid against Detroit in Atlanta.
Bogdan Bogdanovic rediscovered his shot from the outside and scored 17 points for the Hawks. Atlanta also received 12 points and eight assists from Rajon Rondo, who missed the first two games due to COVID-19 protocols and made his team debut. Detroit was led by Jerami Grant and Josh Jackson with 27 points apiece.
Denver Nuggets 124 – Houston Rockets 111
Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 21 points and hosts Denver beat Houston. Jokic linked Fat Lever’s franchise record with his 43rd career triple double.
Paul Millsap also scored 19 points, Michael Porter Jr. had 14 points and nine rebounds, Gary Harris had 14 points, Monte Morris added 12, and Will Barton scored 11 to give Denver seven players in double digits.
James Harden had 34 points, eight assists and six rebounds, Christian Wood 23, David Nwaba 14 and Sterling Brown 12 for Houston, which lost its first two games after postponing the opener due to COVID-19 issues.
Portland Trail Blazer 115 – Los Angeles Lakers 107
Damian Lillard scored 31 points and Gary Trent Jr. had 28, leading Portland to Los Angeles.
Trent came off the bench to convert 10 out of 14 shots, including 7 out of 11 from 3-point range. Lillard hit half of his 10 3-point attempts. CJ McCollum contributed 20 points and 11 assists for Portland. Enes Kanter accumulated 12 points and 14 rebounds while Jusuf Nurkic added 10 points and 12 boards.
LeBron James had 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who played for the second time in as many nights. Dennis Schroder had 24 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 14 and Anthony Davis, returning from a game absent due to a calf injury, ended with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
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