Eliminated by Utah in June for his return to the play-offs, Memphis showed his progress Monday night by leaving Salt Lake City with a victory snatched in the dying seconds (118-119). Rudy Gobert and his teammates had yet created the gap at 1’30 » from the buzzer (118-112, thanks to two three-point shots from Bojan Bogdanovic (24 points). But the Jazz then remained silent and the Grizzlies the made him pay.
Top scorer of the match (32 points but 9 out of 30 shooting), Ja Morant caused two opposing faults to close the gap by scoring three free throws (118-116). On his only failed attempt, the Grizzlies pulled off an offensive rebound, transformed into a jump ball after viewing the video.
Excellent so far, Rudy Gobert (23 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks) was stung by Jaren Jackson Jr. give the advantage to his team. At the buzzer, Donovan Mitchell then missed the winning shot.
Memphis is now sixth in the Western Conference (9 wins – 8 losses) while the Jazz remain in third place (11 wins – 6 losses) but moves further away from the Golden State-Phoenix duo.
Phoenix doesn’t stop anymore
Traveling to San Antonio, Phoenix brought back the essential: a 13th consecutive victory this season (115-111). But the Suns have failed to make the game easy against a team with no real ambitions this season. Devin Booker (23 points) and his teammates took a 15 point lead 4’30 » minutes from the buzzer, before suffering the fury of Spurs.
Dejounte Murray, author of a triple double (18 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) and Derrick White chained the double steps and this same White then Devin Vassell then found the sights behind the arc. Gregg Popovich’s men came back to three points with 15 seconds left before a free throw from Booker secured the visitors victory.
A team in shape in the NBA at the moment, Phoenix is one victory away from Golden State, leader of the Western Conference. An enticing Suns-Warriors is slated for December 1 and could change the pecking order.