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Memphis Grizzlies close out Charlotte in 4th quarter

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Ja Morant hits a game winning lay up to take down the Charlotte Hornets on the road.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Charlotte Hornets Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Grizzlies traveled to Charlotte to take on the Hornets on Wednesday night. Memphis started Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr, Jon Valanciunas, Dillon Brooks, and Jae Crowder. Charlotte started Terry Rozier, Cody Zeller, Devonte Graham, P.J. Washing, and Miles Bridges.

The first quarter started hot for the Grizz, a 9-0 run spearheaded by Jonas Valanciunas. Charlotte would cut into the lead as the quarter wore on, turning defense into offense. Memphis committed seven turnovers in the first quarter, five in a row toward the end of the quarter, giving Charlotte a 29-26 lead to start the second quarter.

Solomon Hill started the second quarter with two threes, sparking a Memphis scoring burst. Memphis would score 37 in the quarter, with a handful of highlights in the mix. Ja Morant took over with his own dazzling passes and rim-finishes. Jaren Jackson Jr. got involved as well, finishing the half with 11 points. Turnovers were still an issue, leading to easy buckets for Charlotte. Dillon Brooks hit a three to end the half, but Charlotte would take a 64-63 lead into the half.

Memphis Grizzlies v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

Grizzlies struggled for most of the third quarter. Turnovers were an issue yet again, with 15 through 6:21 left in the third quarter. Charlotte would build as much as a 12 point lead behind a sizzling Terry Rozier. Marko Guduric caught fire to end the quarter, scoring 11 of the team’s last 13, cutting a big chunk out of the Charlotte lead. Charlotte took a 96-94 lead into the fourth quarter.

Grizz would take the 4th quarter lead within the first minute after a Morant layup and Guduric three. They would not lose the lead, but kept it interesting. After a 26-5 scoring run and as much as a 10 point lead, Charlotte fought back to tie the game at 117 with 15.7 seconds. Ja Morant got the ball to finish the game and put in a ridiculous game winning lay up. Grizzlies win two straight on the road. Morant led the Grizzlies with 23 on 10-15 shooting with 11 assists, JV had 18 and 13, Guduric contributed 17 off the bench. Charlotte was led by Terry Rozier with 33 points (7-12 from 3-pt).

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