Ja Morant reveals what was in his mind moments before he scored game-winner


Ja Morant reveals what was in his mind moments before he scored game-winner
Ja Morant reveals what was in his mind moments before he scored game-winner

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant took the ball in his hands on the key play and had one thing in his mind - go score a go-ahead shot. The Grizzlies were down by double digits in the third quarter but Morant's fourth quarter heroics helped the team win Game 5 by a 111-109 score and take a 3-2 lead in the series.

The Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolwes were tied at 109-109 before Morant scored a go-ahead bucked that gave the Grizzlies a two-point lead. The Timberwolwes didn't have much time left as their half-court shot didn't even come close to going in.

"Go get a bucket, Ja," Morant said, when asked about what was in his mind on the key play, per ESPN.

Morant exploded in the fourth quarter

Late in the third quarter, Morant put Timberwolwes' Malik Beasley on a poster with a stunning dunk.

It ignited Morant, Grizzlies players and fans as Memphis' big fourth quarter - which they won by a 13-point margin - helped them win Game 5. "I always get the best view of his dunks," Grizzlies big man Brandon Clarke said.

"I was right there. I was like, 'Yo, he just brought the ball all the way back and flushed it hard.' That's a play that can really get us going, can really get us hyped." Morant, who scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, finished the game with 30 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists.

"He was huge," Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said, particularly in light of Morant's earlier struggles. "He just had a smile on his face. 'I made that shot a million times.' I said, 'You're going to make the next one. Just keep shooting, keep attacking.'

This is the fun part about playoff basketball -- you don't know how you're going to win. You just keep chipping away. Keep trusting it. And obviously, he had a brilliant fourth quarter."

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