Jackson's grand finish helps the Grizzlies edge the Jazz, 119-118 | MCU Times

Jackson’s grand finish helps the Grizzlies edge the Jazz, 119-118

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Jaren Jackson scored a season-high 26 points, won a bouncy ball and hit a 3-pointer …

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Jaren Jackson scored a season-high 26 points, won a bouncy ball and hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds, to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a 119-118 victory over the Utah Jazz Monday night.

Yes Morant had 32 points and Desmond Bane added career-high 28 as the Grizzlies scored the final seven points for their third win in their last four games.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and made the season-best seven 3-pointers. He made back-to-back jumpers from beyond the arc in the final two minutes to put the Jazz in prime position.

A draw at 112 blocked Rudy Gobert Morants’ float and Royce O’Neale found Bogdanovic for a pass 3. Next time down, the Croatian sharpshooter drained a step-back 3 to a 118-112 lead with 1:28 left.

Memphis hit four out of six penalty throws while stopping the Jazz on consecutive possessions. Then, on Morant’s miss with 14.1 seconds left, an official review showed that Gobert did not disturb the ball in the cylinder.

It resulted in a bouncy ball in midfield that Jackson won over Gobert. Then he hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds to play for a 119-118 edge.

Donovan Mitchell, who had 18 points on 5-of-20 shooting, missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer.

Gobert had 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike Conley had 19 points and assists for the Jazz.

The Grizzlies (9-8) took the lead in the fourth quarter by taking it straight to the Jazz. Jackson blocked Gobert’s layup and Morant ran over Conley at the other end, scoring a layup to 112-110 with 3:46 left.

The Jazz (11-6) led 80-73 on the Hassan Whitesides tip-in before the Grizzlies scored nine straight points to take their first lead of the second half. Bane made two 3s in the run, while Brandon Clarke had a monster block on Bogdanovic.

The Jazz and Grizzlies then swapped several plays with highlights as the tempo increased markedly. Conley finished a third quarter where the teams were combined to 74 points with an alley-oop pass to Gobert for a layup and a floater to make it 96-92 that went into the final quarter.

This was the first meeting since the Jazz beat the Grizzlies 4-1 in the first round of last season’s playoffs.

Gobert had five blocks to pass Greg Ostertag to third place on his franchise career’s list of 1,254 blocked shots.

Morant has an average of 15 points leading in the league, but went 6-to-17 over and around Gobert and Whiteside.


Grizzlies: Lane scored or assisted on seven of Memphis’ first 10 baskets. … Dillon Brooks missed his second game in a row with a sore right hind thigh after playing his first three games of the season since offseason hand surgery. … Memphis had a 24-2 advantage in points from turnovers and an 18-13 edge on fast-break points.

Jazz: The Jazz started the game 1 of 12 from beyond the arc. … Utah is now 6-1 against Western Conference enemies and had a six-game winning streak against Memphis snapped. … Mitchell had a season-high eight assists.


Grizzlies: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

Jazz: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

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