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MEMPHIS — After the final buzzer sounded Tuesday night, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant stood at midcourt and waved his arms to further ignite the FedExForum crowd, basking in the moment after perhaps the most spectacular performance of his sensational rookie season.
Morant, 20, led the surprising, surging Grizzlies to their sixth consecutive win, a 121-110 victory over the Houston Rockets. He had 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting with eight assists and became the first rookie in NBA history with at least 25 points and eight assists in a game in which he shot better than 90% from the floor.
Morant picked the Rockets apart with flair. He had a behind-the-back dish off a drive to Jaren Jackson Jr. for an and-1 layup; another dime to Jackson for a transition dunk in which he went behind the back to buy time for the trailing big man to sprint the court; and a leaping, no-look lob to Brandon Clarke after going behind his back again to beat James Harden off the dribble.
The finishing touch on Morant’s masterpiece was a dagger, step-back 3-pointer to put Memphis up by nine with 2 minutes, 17 seconds remaining. Wanting