MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant and Desmond Bane scored 38 points apiece to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 134-124 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.
Morant and Bane also had seven assists apiece. Bane, who struggled to shoot to start the season, was 14 of 21 overall and 8 of 11 3-pointers, a career-high eight 3-pointers. Santi Aldama scored 17 points for Memphis.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving each scored 37 points for the Nets, Nic Claxton finished with 16 points.
The last time four players scored 35 or more points in a game, “Scarface” and “Return of the Jedi” were still in theaters, and Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” was the hottest song on the radio.
Memphis opened a tight game with a 17-2 streak early in the third quarter. Bane scored 19 points during the period. Durant managed to keep the Nets close but had little help as the Grizzlies extended their lead to 15. Despite Durant’s 17 in the quarter, Memphis edged the Nets 45-28 in the third.
Memphis never gave up its fourth lead.
Things took a turn for the worse in the second quarter when Durant and Dillon Brooks started chirping enough to fire technical doubles, two-of-many in the first half. These and a fairly steady stream of foul calls kept the game from gaining momentum.
During halftime, the Nets relied on their two-pronged attack with Irving and Durant, as well as inside help from Claxton. Morant with an assist from Aldama fueled the Grizzlies offense.
Neither team would build their lead into double digits before half-time.
Durant passed Alex English (25,613) for 20th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
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Durant, Irving, Bane and Morant make history by each scoring 35+ in Grizzlies win originally appearing on NBCSports.com
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