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  • Writer's pictureBruno Asoka

Grizzlies edge Knicks to win 127-123 at Madison Square Garden

Ja Morant's father requested his jersey following his triple-double on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

One issue: Derrick Rose, a former Knick and member of the Grizzlies, was the intended recipient.

Since it was the first time he had ever asked for my jersey following a game, it was weird, "As Memphis defeated New York 127-123, Morant, who finished with 27 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds, had this to say.

"Thus, it was somewhat awkward. I was going to give it to D-Rose already. I initially said, "Man, I already gave it away." He was like, 'Ugh,'" recalled Morant.

However, having a triple-double in the Garden is absurd solely because of the bright lighting. Everyone loves the Garden, and I grew up watching teams play here and seeing the Knicks play," said Morant. We actually refer to it as the brilliant lights. Everyone is observant.

For the Grizzlies, who squandered a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter but came back for their second straight victory, Dillon Brooks scored 23 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 21.

Morant finished the game with 10 points, including the game-winning basket with 13.9 seconds left in regulation after rebounding his own miss.

Brooks remarked, "Amazing, he accomplished it ,everything. He didn't make any forced shots. He was attempting to involve us. Then, when the time is right, he assumes control."

For the Knicks, who have dropped two straight games and four of their previous five, Jalen Brunson scored 30 points and RJ Barrett added 22.

On October 19, New York fell to Memphis in the first game of the season for both clubs despite coming back from a 17-point deficit.

With 17 points in the fourth quarter and two missed shots—one that would have given the Knicks the lead and the other that would have knotted the game—Brunson once again led New York's comeback.

The Knicks' Mitchell Robinson blocked Morant's spinning layup attempt as he surged into the lane again on the subsequent possession. However, Morant received the ball right away and scored to give Memphis a one-point lead once more.

"The end result mattered. Mitch made a brutal block, Morant recovered the ball and re-inserted it, "Tom Thibodeau, the Knicks' coach, stated. "Therein lies the difference between winning and losing.

With 7.1 seconds left, Brunson missed a pull-up jumper, and Morant, who had been fouled, made one of his two free throws to extend the advantage to 125-123. A runner that would have knotted it was out of bounds for Brunson.

Two shots that I made frequently throughout my career were hurried, according to Brunson. "Simply put, I rushed it."

Brunson's missed shot was recovered by Jackson. Jackson was subsequently fouled by Brunson, who made two free throws to secure the victory.

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