The star scored 18 of his top 30 game points in the fourth quarter and sealed the deal with his dramatic passing to finish the match.
“Go get a bucket, Ja,” Morant said when asked what the plan was before the last game of the game.
It was an upside down game with the Grizzlies leading early 13-2. Wolverhampton was the NBA’s top three-pointer in the regular season and fired a streak of shots from deep, scoring seven out of 11 three-pointers to advance 31-28 after the first quarter.
Wolverhampton expanded their superiority and advanced 99-88, before 6:58 remained after a mistake by Garen Jackson Jr. in the heart of the Grizzlies.
Morant stepped up the rookie, scoring the Grizzlies’ last 13 points in the game. His triple indicator with a 1:03 left gave Memphis the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter.
“he is [Morant] “He was huge, he just kept going on the track,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins told reporters after the game. “I know, just like the whole team, he didn’t have the best start, but I thought he was doing everything offensively. Defensively, not only did he drop shots when he was playing, and we were shooting from his passes. His communication with his teammates was phenomenal.”
Edwards, the T-Wolves guard, then tied the match 109-109 with his own three pointers. He scored 22 points in the match, ranking second after his teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, who advanced 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
“It’s a hard pill to swallow,” Townes said then, according to ESPN. “You feel like you got it after all the mistakes that were made and everything like that.
“We did a big three to tie the match by four seconds (left). You feel good. You feel good about taking the extra time and having a chance to win the match. Just a learning experience.”
Fittingly, Morant had the last word in the match as he danced through Wolverhampton’s defense before producing the match winner who eluded Jared Vanderbilt’s clutches.
“It feels good when you win,” Morant said. “Personally, I’m tired of it. I’m tired of playing from behind.”
“Game 2, you see what happened when we go out and play from the jump. We have to have a mentality like we had in game 2 in game 6. [on Friday]: Don’t give them too much life to move forward.
“We need to start early. The last three games we haven’t played basketball, we haven’t dropped our shots, but we’re fighting.”
The following teams will play each other Friday in Minnesota for Game Six.
Elsewhere in the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns advanced 3-2 in their series, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 112-97 as Michael Bridges scored 31 points and Chris Paul added 22 points and 11 assists.
Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, Victor Oladipo and Pam Adebayo combined for 43 points, as the depleted Miami Heat defeated the Atlanta Hawks 97-94 to complete a 4-1 winning streak. She will face either Miami Philadelphia or Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals.