Ja Morant ensures Grizzlies extend season at expense of Warriors

Memphis will go on to face the Utah Jazz in the post-season.

Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant
Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant

Ja Morant bagged 35 points – including two jump shots in the final 48 seconds of overtime – as the Memphis Grizzlies booked their play-off place with a 117-112 win over the Golden State Warriors.

The Grizzlies earned the eighth seed in the Western Conference and will go on to face the Utah Jazz in a best-of-seven series as the post-season gets under way.

Memphis were nine points ahead with three minutes left to play in regulation but Golden State went on a 9-0 run to draw level, while Draymond Green missed an 11-foot shot which could have seen the Warriors through.

In the extra five minutes, Jordan Poole put the Warriors up by one with a three-pointer with 1:50 to go, but lost the ball out of bounds as Golden State were down by three to put Memphis in pole position.

Morant scored a driving jump shot with 4.5 seconds left and a Desmond Bane dunk sealed the win.

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