22-year-old Ja Morant scored a franchise-high 52 points, breaking the record he set two days ago to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 118-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
Morant added 13 consecutive points during the fourth quarter to break the game open, following up a career-best 46 points in a win Saturday at Chicago by connecting on 22 of 30 from the field. He hit all four 3-point tries as Memphis won its second straight. De’Anthony Melton added 15 points for Memphis, while Tyus Jones scored 13.
Morant’s performance was the first 50-point game in Grizzlies franchise history. He said teammates began feeding him the ball in the fourth quarter when the 50-point target was in sight.
The Grizzlies win stopped veteran Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tying Don Nelson’s NBA record for regular-season coaching victories (1,335).
Popovich, talking about Ja Morant said: “He’s a beautiful player.
“What else can you say about him? It’s not just that he’s athletic. Everybody says, ‘He’s athletic.’ Somebody says, ‘He’s a freak of nature,’ because he’s so fast.
“But he makes decisions. He knows what is going on on the court.
“So, you combine that cerebral part of his game with his athleticism and you’ve got a special kid.”
Morant landed an incredible dunk over the Spurs’ seven-feet tall player Jakob Poeltl, followed by a fadeaway jump shot on the stroke of half-time after plucking a length-of-the-court pass from Steven Adams out of the air.