Morant injured as Grizzlies beat shorthanded Nets in OT

Kyle Anderson # 1 of the Memphis Grizzlies celebrates with Dillon Brooks # 24 against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 28, 2020 in New York City. Mike Stobe / Getty Images / AFP

Brandon Clarke converted the opener with 38.6 seconds left in overtime and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies outlived the shorthanded Brooklyn Nets for a 116-111 victory on Monday night.

Neither team shot well in overtime, but Clarke gave Memphis the lead for good at 112-111 when he rebounded from a missed layup by Dillon Brooks and easily converted the recoil. Clarke’s approval basket came after Caris LeVert hit a 3-point with 76 seconds left to give Brooklyn a 111-110 advantage.

The Nets missed a chance to regain the lead when DeAndre Jordan was called up for attacking goaltender with 30.8 seconds remaining and Memphis took a 113-111 lead when Grayson Allen split from a pair. at the line with 8.1 seconds to go.

After Brooklyn canceled his last time out, Joe Harris saw his 3-point try hit the front of the rim with 5.6 seconds remaining and Kyle Anderson capped a career-high 28 points on a night, by making three free throws in the final 3.9 seconds.

Clarke’s clutch shot and Anderson’s big night came one night when Ja Morant sprained his left ankle late in the second quarter. Morant scored seven points before getting injured and watched his teammates from the bench while wearing a walking boot.

Brooks added 24 points and seven rebounds as he and Anderson were a combined 18 of 36 off the floor. Clarke finished with 16 points while Jonas Valanciunas tallied 14 and 14 rebounds while the Grizzlies managed 42.9%.

The Nets rested stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant for the first time after the duo became the first in franchise history to score at least 20 points in each of the first three games. Brooklyn also played after losing Spencer Dinwiddie to a late-season knee injury suffered in Charlotte on Sunday.

LeVert led the Nets with 28 points and 11 assists, but missed a potential 3-point winner with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 19 of his 21 points in the first half as Brooklyn abandoned its second in a row after resounding wins over Golden State and Boston.

Harris and Chris Chiozza contributed 14 points each as Brooklyn shot 41% and overcame a 12 point deficit in the first half.

Memphis held a 96-92 lead over a 15-foot Brooks with 7:46 left to play, but Brooklyn regained the lead when Jordan’s return made it 99-98 with 4:52 to go. The header changed hands six more times and the game was tied at 106-106 after two free throws from Valanciunas with 54.3 seconds left.

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