NBA: Jaren Jackson Jr., Ja Morant lead Grizzlies past Spurs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 24 points, Ja Morant added 22 points and a season-high 14 assists and the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth-straight game, beating the San Antonio Spurs 134-121 on Friday night.

Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and guard Dillon Brooks (24) high-five in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Dillon Brooks also scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 21 as six Memphis players scored in double figures.

The victory put the Grizzlies percentage points ahead of the Spurs for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, handles the ball ahead of San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

DeMar DeRozan matched his season-high with 36 points, and added nine assists for the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge and Bryn Forbes each scored 21 points, combining to go 9 of 17 from 3-point range. Rudy Gay added 13 points.

One of Aldridge’s 3-pointers pulled the Spurs within 116-113 with 6:28 remaining. But the Grizzlies converted a trio of 3-pointers, two from Brooks, and built their lead to 125-113. San Antonio never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.

DeRozan helped keep the Spurs close in the third quarter, scoring 18 in the frame as Memphis held a scant 100-98 lead heading into the fourth.

Unlike when the Spurs defeated the Grizzlies 145-115 on Dec. 23, Memphis charged to a double-digit lead in the first half, with the advantage reaching 15 points. But the Grizzlies squandered much of the advantage in the closing minutes of the first half, clinging to a 63-57 lead at halftime.

Aldridge and DeRozan had 13 each for San Antonio, while Jackson and Valanciunas scored 11 apiece for Memphis. Jackson missed just one of his four 3-point shots.

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