On Christmas Day, the Memphis Grizzlies were unable to defeat the Golden State Warriors, who were without Stephen Curry, but hey, at least Ja Morant gave their supporters a tremendous gift.
Morant scored 36 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and dished out eight assists in his first game on Christmas Day. He was the Grizzlies’ lone bright spot, making 15 of his 29 attempts while the rest of the club failed to score more than 20 points in the 123-109 defeat.
In the process, Morant became just the second player in history to post a 35-5-5 stat line or better in his Christmas Day game debut, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Morant would have loved to win, it turns out. When all, it was meant to be their retaliation game after the Warriors booted them out of the playoffs in 2022. It was the ideal opportunity for them to win and further establish their position as the top seed in the West because Stephen Curry was not present.
Unfortunately, the Grizzlies couldn’t handle the balanced attack of the Warriors, which was directed by Jordan Poole. Klay Thompson scored 24 points, while Poole finished with 32. In addition to his unbelievable double-double of 13 rebounds and 13 assists, Draymond Green, who was doubtful going into the game, also kept the Dubs’ offense going.
Morant’s unprecedented achievement is still a welcome solace, but maybe the most recent loss will fuel the Grizzlies’ hunger for revenge against the Warriors. The Dubs will once again host the game at Chase Center on January 25, when Memphis and Golden State will square off.