WASHINGTON, D.C. – Well, it finally happened.

In his 47th NBA contest, former Murray State Racer and rookie point guard Ja Morant came away with the first triple-double of his young career – 27 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds – pushing the Memphis Grizzlies to a 106-99 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night in Capital One Arena.

He's the first rookie to post a triple-double this season, and at 20 years old is the fourth-youngest to ever post a 25-point triple-double, joining the ranks of Luka Doncic, LeBron James and Shareef Abdur-Raheem (a former Vancouver Grizzlies star, himself).

Connecting on just two free throws and one assist in the first quarter, Morant's next three frames were explosive:

– 8 points, two assists, two rebounds, one block in the 2nd quarter

– 7 points, four assists, one rebound, one steal in the 3rd quarter

– And the fourth-quarter finale, where he notched 10 points, three assists and seven rebounds in the final 9:54 of regulation.

His outburst was needed, too. A large rebounding margin (62-50) did little to offset poor shooting, as the Grizzlies posted a microbial 5-for-32 from the arc, 42.2% from the field and 15-for-25 from the stripe.

Morant was 9-for-17 from the floor and 2-for-7 from the arc, his second 3-pointer serving as a dagger as the shotclock was fading in the closing seconds of the game.

When Davis Bertans' harmless 30-foot 3-point attempt caromed harmlessly off the rim with 11 seconds to go, the Grizzlies cleared out and allowed Morant to collect the final rebound needed to secure one of the rarest badges in basketball.

And then, his teammates surrounded him, and greeted him with smiles and cheers at midcourt.

“Obviously, it's awesome for Ja to get his first career triple-double,” noted first-year Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins. “The guys were super happy for him. But I think one of his biggest plays of the game was late shot clock, he finds Brandon Clarke – who'd been struggling the whole game – trusted his teammate, and found him for an open three. It was a big-time shot. There was so much trust throught the game for our guys. They kept fighting. Kept communicating. Kept their spirits up. Really proud of them.

“This could've been a game where we just didn't have it, and nothing was working for us. But they kept their heads up and kept plowing along. Credit to them for breaking through and getting a 'W'.”

Memphis closed the game on a 22-8 run, moved to 27-26 on the year and kept pace as the 8-seed in the race for the Western Conference playoffs.

Most sportsbooks had the Grizzlies set for 26 wins this season.

Now, those same sportsbooks have Morant as the clear favorite for 2020 NBA Rookie of the Year.

"That guy is young, but he plays like a five-year All-Star," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Morant, in an interview with the Associated Press. "He just controls the game.

"He's a problem."

MEMPHIS 106, WASHINGTON 99

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

Anderson 29:48 7-9 2-2 1-5 2 3 16

Jackson Jr. 30:12 6-16 1-2 2-11 1 5 14

Valanciunas 30:00 4-8 0-2 4-18 0 1 8

Brooks 30:18 4-17 1-2 1-3 1 5 9

Morant 35:00 9-17 7-9 1-10 10 1 27

Clarke 20:53 4-10 0-2 2-6 0 2 9

Melton 20:37 3-12 1-1 1-1 1 3 7

Jones 19:09 5-8 2-2 0-2 3 0 13

Jackson 13:55 1-4 1-3 1-5 1 1 3

Watanabe 10:08 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 2 0

Totals 240:00 43-102 15-25 13-62 19 23 106

Percentages: FG .422, FT .600.

3-Point Goals: 5-32, .156 (Morant 2-7, Clarke 1-1, Jones 1-2, Jackson Jr. 1-6, Jackson 0-1, Valanciunas 0-1, Melton 0-6, Brooks 0-8).

Team Rebounds: 20. Team Turnovers: 2.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Valanciunas 2, Jackson Jr., Morant).

Turnovers: 13 (Brooks 3, Morant 3, Clarke 2, Jackson 2, Jackson Jr. 2, Melton).

Steals: 4 (Anderson, Brooks, Melton, Morant).

Technical Fouls: None

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

Bonga 17:08 0-3 4-4 1-2 1 3 4

Hachimura 24:58 5-13 1-2 3-11 1 3 12

Mahinmi 18:28 0-5 2-4 0-5 1 0 2

Beal 34:02 10-25 5-7 1-4 3 2 26

Smith 28:34 2-8 0-0 1-4 5 2 4

Bertans 31:45 6-13 0-0 0-6 1 2 15

Brown Jr. 24:14 3-8 0-0 2-5 3 2 6

Wagner 24:05 7-11 4-6 1-9 2 3 19

Napier 20:57 0-7 6-6 0-2 6 2 6

Robinson 15:49 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 3 5

Totals 240:00 35-100 22-29 9-50 25 22 99

Percentages: FG .350, FT .759.

3-Point Goals: 7-33, .212 (Bertans 3-8, Hachimura 1-2, Wagner 1-3, Robinson 1-4, Beal 1-6, Brown Jr. 0-1, Mahinmi 0-1, Smith 0-1, Bonga 0-2, Napier 0-5).

Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: None.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Mahinmi 2, Beal, Smith).

Turnovers: 7 (Brown Jr. 2, Beal, Bertans, Napier, Smith, Wagner).

Steals: 7 (Beal 2, Brown Jr. 2, Bertans, Bonga, Smith).

Technical Fouls: None

Memphis 18 29 33 26 — 106

Washington 30 25 30 14 — 99

A: 17,251 (20,356). T: 2:13.

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