Taking part in with blurred imaginative and prescient in his left eye after being poked within the third quarter, Morant scored the Grizzlies’ closing 15 factors to raise them to a 106-101 win in Sport 2 of their Western Convention semifinal collection at FedEx Discussion board.
Morant completed with a spectacular 47 factors, 8 assists and eight rebounds to assist Memphis keep away from falling behind 0-2 on this best-of-seven collection.
He joined LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the one gamers with a number of 45-point video games within the playoffs earlier than turning 23 years previous, in accordance with analysis by ESPN Stats & Info.
And he did so after leaving the sport on the finish of the third quarter complaining, “I can’t see.”
“I still can’t [see],” Morant stated when requested about his imaginative and prescient. “I can see on the middle. I can’t see on the outside. I got punched trying to get the rebound.”
Morant added: “I got another good eye over here — 20-20 vision right here. Thank God for my right eye.”
The Grizzlies trailed 97-93 with 3:50 remaining when Morant was within the midst of his fourth-quarter takeover. With starter Dillon Brooks ejected within the opening minutes because of a flagrant 2 foul on Gary Payton II, and Jaren Jackson Jr. having fouled out with 3:59 left, Morant scored on a second straight driving layup.
He then buried a 26-foot 3 and a 7-foot floater. Morant additionally drew a foul on Draymond Inexperienced as the 2 have been chasing after a rebound that Inexperienced grabbed, however officers known as a foul when he ran into Morant with 49.8 seconds left. Morant made two free throws after which sank one other driving floater to push the Grizzlies up 104-101 with 30.7 seconds left.
“I feel like I’ve just watched him transform into a true closer,” energy ahead Xavier Tillman stated.
Morant sealed the sport from the free throw line to even it up.
“Definitely big time,” Morant stated of the place this sport ranks for him. “I felt like this was a must-win game for us. For me, I was frustrated with myself missing that layup in Game 1.”
Morant, whose profession excessive is 52 factors, was annoyed after lacking a driving scoop layup over Klay Thompson and a trailing Payton on the finish of Sport 1’s 117-116 loss to Golden State.
Morant stated Warriors star Stephen Curry instructed him and Jackson after that loss that “it is going to be a battle. We are going to have some fun.”
As streamers fell from the ceiling after the buzzer on Tuesday evening, Morant walked by Curry. He had returned the favor and instructed Curry, “We are going to have some fun.”
“I was able to return that message tonight,” Morant stated.
” … I am having a lot of fun.”