Ja Morant performed a passing clinic during the Memphis Grizzlies’ 119-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. In 36 minutes of action, Morant had a career-high 17 assists, 19 points and 4 rebounds. Morant had a career high of 14 assists.
The Grizzlies’ electric guard took Toronto’s defense apart all night and set the tone for the team in playmaking. He had 3 assists in the 1st quarter, 5 in the 2nd, 7 in the 3rd and 2 more in the final frame. Morant picked up all those assists and turned the ball just three times in total, making his performance even more impressive.
Check out Morant’s career path performance highlights below.
Growth as a playmaker is part of the evolution of Morant’s game. He has already established himself as an elite scorer and is constantly learning how to use that ability to create chances for other players. He has a career-high in assists-per-game average for him this season, and Thursday night perfectly demonstrated his improvement in that area.
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said Morant’s passing performance after the game was “so impressive.” , we talk about it all the time.”
For Morant to stack up the assists, a teammate had to finish the play with a pass. they did just that. All five Memphis starters finished in his double figures, led by Dillon Brooks. Dillon Brooks scored 7 goals in his 14 games and he scored 25 goals. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 25 points he had and 10 rebounds he had, but his performance wasn’t enough to lead Toronto to victory.
A win over the Raptors was much-needed for Memphis, who lost four of their five games before heading to Toronto.To the short-handed Golden State Warriors. As a result of that brief skidding, the Grizzlies dropped him to third in the Western Conference standings, which had previously held the top spot. They currently lead the West, just one game behind the New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets.
Morant’s career-high assists came the night after Pelicans forward Zion WilliamsonBeat the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s safe to say that the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft lives up to expectations.