Ja Morant scored 41 points as the Memphis Grizzlies rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers for a third straight victory.
Morant made six 3-pointers, his career-best, in a 104-99 win. LeBron James scored 37 points for the Lakers, while Russell Westbrook added a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. But the Grizzlies, inspired by the 22-year-old Morant, bounced back from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter. Lakers coach David Fizdale, replacing head coach Frank Vogel at the FedExForum in Memphis.
Described Morant, who scored 40 points against the Lakers in October, as a “true superstar. It was a sixth loss in seven games for the Lakers after they ended a five-game losing streak against the Houston Rockets last time out. On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-97 to equal the Golden State Warriors at the top of the Western Conference.
Devin Booker scored 38 points as the Suns equaled the Warriors’ record of 27-7, becoming the seventh-youngest player to reach 10,000 points in his career. The Chicago Bulls earned a 131-117 victory against an Atlanta Hawks team that lost 15 players due to Covid-19 and injuries. Zach LaVine scored 25 points for the Bulls, who extended their winning streak to five games.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 91-82 when Eric Bledsoe scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Chimezie Metu’s 3-pointer gave the Kings a thrilling 95-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, while Alec Burks scored 34 points to help the New York Knicks to a 94-85 victory over the exhausted Detroit Pistons. The Miami Heat game against the San Antonio Spurs was postponed because Miami .