Ja Morant Joins Exclusive Club With LeBron James and Magic Johnson With His 47 Point Performance Against Jazz

Published 05/27/2021, 2:21 AM EDT
May 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) moves to the basket against the Utah Jazz during the second half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Arena. Utah Jazz won 141-129. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports


Say what you have to but the Memphis Grizzlies are surprising everyone with how they are playing against the best team in the West. After their upset win over the Utah Jazz in their first game, the Grizzlies entered Game 2 with an even stronger will to win. While the Jazz didn’t let that happen, the Grizzlies’ Ja Morant outdid himself with his incredible performance and ended up adding his name next to the league’s bigs like LeBron James, Magic Johnson, and others.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Ja Morant outshines even in defeat

The Grizzlies have already surpassed all expectations. First, by simply just making it into the playoffs and then actually defeating the Utah Jazz in Game 1. However, the victory didn’t last very long as the Jazz rallied back harder in Game 2.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

What was more shocking was their loss despite Ja Morant dropping a monstrous 47-point performance that has created a record for the franchise. As per StatMuse, “Ja Morant has set the Grizzlies franchise record for points in a playoff game. 47 PTS 7 AST 15-26 FG 15-20 FT.”

And this is only the second playoff game of his career.

Moreover, the 21-year-old has created history by becoming the youngest player in the league’s history who has scored 40+ points in any playoff game. The other legends in this list are Luka Doncic, Magic Johnson, and LeBron James.

The only player who has scored more points than Morant in the first two playoff games is George Mikan at 75 points. Morant is at 73, and he has surpassed Luka Doncic who had 70, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who had 69.

What helped the Utah Jazz triumph over the Grizzlies?

The Jazz finally had their trump card, Donovan Mitchell, return to the court for the first time since April. His 25 points and brilliant playmaking helped secure this 141-129 win against the Memphis Grizzlies.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

His presence on the court is even more significant in Utah’s success than his scoring. Why? Because when defenders try to contain him, it opens up the other players. They had a big lead by the first half itself as Mitchell continued to drop threes.

May 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots a three point shot after getting past Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) during the second half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Arena. Utah Jazz won 141-129. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies have more to worry about now that Mitchell is back. However, one thing everyone has seen this season is to not underestimate Memphis. And after the way Morant put on a show in this game, anything could happen. What is your prediction for this gripping series?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Duke Blue Devils’ DJ Steward Reveals He Modelled His Game After 2020 NBA ROTY Ja Morant

about 1 month ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Yashima Bhatia

1219 articles

Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT