However, Grizzlies fans spent much of the rest of the night roaring for Ja Morant, the rookie point guard who replaced Conley and ruined his Memphis return. Kyle Anderson was the first half's top scorer with 13 points, with teammate Morant adding 12 points for the Grizzlies. While the rookie from Murray State is still learning control of his speed and flashiness, it already appears Memphis has found a suitable replacement to Conley for the long term.
"He is remarkable", Jaren Jackson Jr reported of Morant. "It is a thing you really don't obtain also normally, a sort of a the moment-in-a-life span talent".
Morant, now filling the Grizzlies' point guard position in place of Conley, rolled in a close-range floater to give the Grizzlies a 107-105 lead with 1:32 remaining. Utah split a couple of free throws to pull within one, then a no call on an inbounds play with 2.8 seconds on the clock allowed Memphis to beat the Jazz 107-106.
Gobert blocked Morant's shot with 4.7 seconds left, giving the Jazz one final chance but they were unable to get off a shot. "This is the third time it's happened at the end of the game and haven't gotten a foul call, which at this point is ridiculous".
The game featured Conley's return to Memphis, where he was presented with a tribute video during the first timeout of the game. When there was a great deal of admiration from his former supporter base, Conley struggled, scoring 15 details on five-for-19 taking pictures.
But despite a tight game, particularly in the final stretch, it was hard to avoid not recognizing the Grizzlies owner who faces the owner of the franchise of the future.
"They show that support for me already", Morant said when asked about the crowd's love of Conley. "Definitely, it is different with him". "I'm super happy for Mike Conley and his family". He has embraced the role of a No. 2 option after being considered little more than a good floor spacer prior to this season. He has reached double-figure scoring in nine of his first 11 games.
I'm not saying he's going to turn into a superstar and drop 30-plus points, but it would be considered a great night if he finished with 20-plus points and the Jazz came away with a victory. "I had to watch it".
"I didn't know what to do, I had to see it", Conley said. "That was pretty special". Jae Crowder had 11 points and 10 rebounds. But as Jackson went up, Morant arrived streaking alongside the baseline from the left and stole the dunk. "It wasn't on goal", Morant said. "He was running and pointing towards the balloon and Jae threw it".
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