NBA never fails to entertain us. From hardcore rivalries to a scintillating show of team games, NBA has everything to keep the audience engrossed in the game of basketball. In fact, various sports pundits believe that NBA is mostly responsible for the glory of basketball as an attractive and popular sport. Doing good to this claim, the third game of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies series entertained us thoroughly.
The Crypto.com Arena buzzed with cheers, chants and even boos, as the home team outperformed the visitors in a neck-to-neck duel. Though the Grizzles featured a stunning comeback of their star player Ja Morant, that did not seem enough to hold back the Lakers. In the first quarter, the Grizzlies were held to only 9 points and after that, the audience witnessed the one-sided dominance of the home team. On the other hand, Dillon Brooks of Memphis, failed to do much as he was ejected after knocking LeBron James. As a result, the contest ended 111-101 to the advantage of the Lakers.
Therefore, if you wish to know about some key takeaways from the clash, then this article is the perfect stop for you.
Anthony Davis Strikes Back Hard
Anthony Davis performed underwhelmingly in the second game against Memphis. In fact, he ended the game with a subpar score of 13 points. Thus, he prevented the Lakers from capitalising on the absence of Ja Morant. In fact, what is more, shocking is that in the second game of the series, AD faced a starless Memphis side, with the likes of Brandon Clarke and Steven Adams.
But, in the third game, he came back stronger. In fact, he ended the game with a stunning 31 points to his credit. In addition to it, he scored three blocks and 17 rebounds. Therefore, he seems to gave regained his form.
Ja Morant Outshines His Teammates
Memphis missed the service of their star performer Ja Morant in the second game. However, as he stepped into the arena before the game, he carried a positive air around him. Among all the Memphis players, he seemed a perfect mismatch with a towering performance. He led his team with 45 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists. Therefore, he was clearly the best performer in the game.
In fact, it was hard to tell that his wrist was not doing well in the game, as he scored 6 three-pointers. His best stint came in the fourth quarter as he went on to score 22 straight points, before suffering an ankle sprain in the dying seconds of the game. Therefore, the fourth game of the series will be something to look for.
Rui Hachimaru Impresses With A Stunning Show
Rui arrived at the Lakers in the mid-season in a swap with the Wizards. Right from his arrival, he has impressed the fans and has emerged as their new favourite. His hard drives and deep shots in the first half helped the Lakers greatly. Coming off the bench he has 16 points to his credit and thus, is demanding more playtime.
A Shaky Brooks Disappoints
Brooks sparked off a controversy through his irritating comments on LeBron and that seems to have infuriated the fans. Thus, even before the game started, the Lakers fans booed him continuously. As a result of these continued jeers, he seemed shaky right from the start and missed eight of his first nine shots. In fact, you cannot match his performance in this series to the huge attention which he has gained. Before his ejection, he has already missed 10 of 13 shots.
1. Who won Game 3?
The Lakers clearly emerged as the victorious side by a 111-101 margin.
2. Who was the star performer for the Grizzlies?
Ja Morant with 45 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists was the most impressive player for the Grizzlies.
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