National Basketball Association
Memphis 118, San Antonio 110
When: 8:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Officials: #74 Curtis Blair, #47 Bennie Adams, #8 Marc Davis
Attendance: 14662

Ja Morant scored 41 points to tie his season high and nailed four big free throws in the final 1:08 as the visiting Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 118-110 on Wednesday night.

The Grizzlies led by three points at halftime and by 94-86 after three periods. San Antonio roared back to tie the game at 106 on Dejounte Murray's jumper with 4:52 left. Jaren Jackson Jr.'s 3-pointer a minute later allowed Memphis to move in front for good, and Morant finished things off with his work from the charity stripe in the endgame.

Jackson added 22 points for the Grizzlies, with Desmond Bane hitting for 20 and Ziaire Williams scoring 11. Memphis has won two of its past three games and has taken the past six games against San Antonio.

Murray amassed 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, racking up his 10th triple-double of the season, second in the NBA to Denver's Nikola Jokic (11).

Murray now has twice as many triple-doubles this season than any other player in Spurs history has had in a season. The previous record for a season was five by David Robinson (1993-94) and Johnny Moore (1984-85). With 14 career triple-doubles, Murray is tied now on the Spurs' career list with Robinson.

Devin Vassell paced the Spurs with 20 points off the bench, while Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl scored 18 each. Derrick White hit for 14 and Lonnie Walker IV had 12 points for San Antonio, which has dropped three of its past four games.

The first quarter had seven lead changes over the first 4:30 before the Grizzlies took charge, running away from a 12-11 deficit via a 13-2 run capped by Morant's finger-roll layup at the 3:35 mark of the period. Memphis would eventually build a 13-point advantage.

The Grizzlies pushed their lead to 15 points on Jackson's dunk with 7:13 to play in the second period. But the rest of the half belonged to San Antonio, which used a 16-2 run to draw within 59-58 with 51.3 seconds remaining. Memphis led 61-58 at the break.

Morant led all scorers with 15 points in the half, with Jackson and Bane adding 13 each for the Grizzlies. Johnson paced the Spurs with 14 points over the first two quarters, and White and Vassell hitting for 10 apiece.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Memphis   San Antonio
Ja Morant 41 Scoring Devin Vassell 20
Ja Morant 8 Assists Dejounte Murray 11
Jaren Jackson Jr. 9 Rebounds Dejounte Murray 10
Ja Morant 8 Free Throws Made Dejounte Murray 6
De'Anthony Melton 3 Steals Keldon Johnson 2
Jaren Jackson Jr. 6 Blocks Jakob Poeltl 4
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 118 51.1 7-23 19-26 24 44 9 9 13
San Antonio 110 45.7 9-37 15-19 30 39 7 9 13
Upcoming Games
  • San Antonio will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Spurs have a W/L % of .316 after a win and .400 after a loss.
  • Memphis will play their next game at home against Utah. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .656 after a win and .667 after a loss.