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Friday, November 26, 2021

Carmelo Anthony, Lakers delay Ja Morant and Grizzlies for first win

LOS ANGELES – Pressure? What is the pressure?

Forget the 0-2 start, the sky-high expectations and scrutiny, the sideline snipers in the back match, the tightening grip on Sunday night at the Staples Center, it was all about Ja Morant.

And the Lakers veteran faced the mesmerizing, resilient effort of the young defender of the Memphis Grizzlies, winning his first 121-118 win this season.

Carmelo Anthony stepped off the bench and made history to help the Lakers cope with difficulties.

With his sixth field goal of the night – a three-pointer that put the Lakers ahead, 83-81 – Anthony overtook Moses Malone to come in ninth on the NBA’s top scorers list, with 27,411 points, and the number is relentless.

This evening, 37-year-old Anthony, who played in his 19th season, scored 28 points on 10-of-15 shots, including a 6-of-8 from 3 points and free throws in 1.9 seconds. play.

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“Carmelo Anthony was great tonight,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “He didn’t get to this milestone, he knocked down her doors. And I am very happy for him, he fit perfectly into our cultural group and, obviously, really played at a high level on the floor. He still has a lot left in the tank and he will really help us this year. ”

Anthony’s efforts helped the Lakers (1-2) face off 40 points with 10 assists from Morant, who scored 13 of 21 and a career best 5 of 7 from depth. He also scored 9 of 11 at the free-throw line, where one of his penalties cost the Grizzlies a chance to level the score with 1.9 seconds left.

Ruthless and unpredictable, Morant scored a series of twisting, uplifting circus throws and another two-handed cut-off dunk in the third quarter. In that time alone, Morant scored 10 points in a 5-of-8 shooting and recorded six assists – a sequence that scorched coach Frank Vogel to the bullpen for Avery Bradley, his designated quarterback, for a couple of minutes to chill the 22-year-old.

The Grizzlies (2-1) took advantage of the 7-2 streak and reduced the Lakers’ lead to 106-102. They were still there with a minute left, went down 115-112 when Morant drove down the lane again – the loyal Laker got to his feet, chanting “defend yourself!” 57.6 measures left.

The Lakers successfully responded to the challenge by arranging a controversial transfer between Anthony Davis and Stephen Adams. Morant caught the ball, rode again, lost the ball, and Adams was called for a foul against Davis as he returned to the top of the court.

Memphis challenged this challenge – also successfully, although no one else scored until Morant entered the free throw line with 11.2 seconds left. His first free throw bounced back and forth, his second shot clean, and the Lakers’ lead was reduced to 115-114.

Malik Monk (12 points) took two free throws for Los Angeles, Jaren Jackson Jr. (12 points) took two free throws for Memphis, and then Davis (22 points) took a couple of free throws when the clock stopped and the lead fell. from one to three points.

Finally, with 5.6 seconds left and the Lakers ahead 119-116, Morant made a long three-pointer but was fouled by Kent Basemore.

He took the first two free throws and missed the last – threw the mouthpiece to the floor after the Lakers returned the ball 1.9 seconds before the end of the match, 119-118 ahead and Anthony shot the last free throws.

They were good – and Anthony returned home with 27,423 points to his credit.

“Our group didn’t like losing the first two home games,” Vogel said. “We came out very motivated tonight and we had a lot of faith in who we can be this year, but we also have a lot of work to do, and yesterday we had a very, very productive filming, we took a lot of things away. And the effort was so much better tonight, the attention to detail was so much better tonight, and this is how we need to improve and consolidate. ”

The Lakers slipped off the starting line on Sunday, 17-7 behind, but calmed down and stopped passing the ball.

By the time the first quarter ended, the home team had a 29-24 lead – and their first jump shot was courtesy of Anthony, who drained a 28-foot three-pointer 38.6 seconds before the end of the period.

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