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Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) shoots against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) as guard Bruce Brown (6) looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS – Former Murray State Racer Ja Morant kept up his NBA Rookie of the Year campaign on Monday night – notching 12 points, seven assists and four rebounds on 55% shooting in a 96-82 Memphis Grizzlies win over the Detroit Pistons at the FedEx Forum.

Tied 53-all at halftime, Morant had eight of his points, four of his assists and three of his rebounds in the final two quarters, in helping build the Grizzlies (25-25) a comfortable lead.

Each of his second half assists went to a different player: Jae Crowder (four points, five rebounds, three assists), Jonas Valanciunas (26 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks), Josh Jackson (four points, two rebounds, one steal, one block) and Brandon Clarke (four points, five rebounds).

Detroit was without key rotation player Derrick Rose, but did get 25 points, 18 rebounds and four assists from Andre Drummond – a very warm name as the trade deadline looms.

Almost certainly a lock for the NBA's Western Conference Rookie of the Month award for January after posting 17.5 points, 8.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds on 54.2% shooting in an 11-4 stretch for Memphis, Morant is still on pace to become just the second rookie since 1951 to post more than 17 points and seven assists in less than 30 minutes per game.

The other? Former Cleveland Cavaliers star and four-time All-Star Mark Price, who finished his 722-game career averaging more than 15 points, six assists and two rebounds per game with 47.2% shooting from the floor, 40.2% from the arc and 90.4% from the stripe.

It's a pretty crazy whirlwind for Morant over the last week. Last Friday, he was named to the Rising Stars roster for the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, then closed that night with 16 points and three assists in a much-anticipated matchup against No. 1 draft pick and former AAU teammate Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans – who later won 139-111 in the Big Easy behind another blistering barrage of 3-pointers.

Less than 24 hours later, he was thanking Murray State fans at the CFSB Center in Murray, as his “No. 12” jersey fell from the rafters in perpetuity.

DETROIT Min (FG)M-A (FT)M-A (RB)O-T A PF PTS

Doumbouya 26:22 2-15 0-0 4-7 1 1 6

Snell 29:22 1-7 0-0 0-0 4 0 2

Drummond 35:55 12-22 1-3 5-18 4 1 25

Brown 38:21 4-12 4-4 2-7 4 4 12

R.Jackson 24:23 1-16 0-0 2-7 4 0 3

Galloway 36:42 7-12 0-0 1-2 3 3 17

Wood 34:17 7-11 1-2 2-5 1 3 17

Maker 14:38 0-3 0-0 0-5 0 1 0

Totals 240:00 34-98 6-9 16-51 21 13 82

Percentages: FG .347, FT .667.

3-Point Goals: 8-26, .308 (Galloway 3-5, Wood 2-3, Doumbouya 2-5, R.Jackson 1-6, Maker 0-1, Brown 0-2, Snell 0-4).

Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 2.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Wood 2).

Turnovers: 14 (Brown 3, Doumbouya 3, Drummond 2, Galloway 2, Wood 2, R.Jackson, Snell).

Steals: 6 (Doumbouya 2, Wood 2, Brown, Snell).

Technical Fouls: None

MEMPHIS Min (FG)M-A (FT)M-A (REB)O-T A PF PTS

Crowder 24:46 2-5 0-0 0-5 3 0 4

Jackson Jr. 29:40 3-10 8-9 1-5 2 3 14

Valanciunas 30:02 13-19 0-1 3-17 2 2 26

Brooks 30:20 7-15 0-0 1-4 5 4 15

Morant 27:01 5-9 2-2 0-4 7 2 12

Clarke 22:40 2-7 0-0 1-5 0 1 4

Jones 20:59 6-11 0-0 1-2 5 0 13

Anderson 15:04 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 2

Melton 14:06 1-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 2

Hill 13:38 0-1 0-0 0-1 2 3 0

J.Jackson 11:44 2-6 0-0 0-2 0 1 4

Totals 240:00 42-90 10-12 7-47 27 18 96

Percentages: FG .467, FT .833.

3-Point Goals: 2-17, .118 (Brooks 1-3, Jones 1-3, Clarke 0-1, Morant 0-1, J.Jackson 0-2, Jackson Jr. 0-2, Valanciunas 0-2, Crowder 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: None.

Blocked Shots: 12 (Valanciunas 4, Jackson Jr. 3, Anderson 2, Brooks, Clarke, J.Jackson).

Turnovers: 11 (Morant 6, J.Jackson 2, Brooks, Clarke, Melton).

Steals: 6 (Anderson, Clarke, J.Jackson, Jackson Jr., Jones, Melton).

Technical Fouls: None

Detroit 32 21 10 19 — 82

Memphis 36 17 19 24 — 96

A: 14,597 (18,119). T: 2:03.

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