Morant and Bain also made seven assists each. Bain, who had a hard time shooting early in the season, hit 14 of 21 overall and 8 of 11 from 3s, with eight 3s a career high. Santi Aldama scored 17 points for Memphis.
The last time four players scored 35 or more in a game, Scarface and Return of the Jedi were still in theaters, and Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was the hottest song on the radio.
Desmond Bain (38 points), Ja Morant (38 points), Kevin Durant (37 points) and Kyrie Irving (37 points) are the first 4 players to have each scored 35+ points in a game since 1983.
This is only the third time in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/fOXIlDSK54
— NBA (@NBA) October 25, 2022
Memphis opened a close game 17–2 early in the third quarter. Bain scored 19 in the period. Durant was able to keep the Nets close but had little help as the Grizzlies extended their lead to 15. Despite Durant’s 17 points in the quarter, Memphis outscored the Nets 45–28 in the third.
Memphis never conceded its lead in the fourth.
Things escalated in the second quarter when Durant and Dillon Brooks started tweeting at each other enough to do a double technical, two of several in the first half. This, plus a fairly constant stream of dishonest calls, kept the game from picking up pace.
During the half, the Nets relied on their double scoring offense with Irving and Durant, as well as Claxton’s inside help. Morant, with the help of Aldama, stepped up the Grizzlies’ offense.
None of the teams brought their advantage to double figures before the break.
Durant passed Alex English (25,613) for 20th on the NBA’s all-time all-time scorers list.
For the first time in his 651-match career Clay Thompson was eliminated from the NBA game.
Thomson and Devin Booker went back and forth against the best two teams in the West – a game that was within 10 points in the middle of the third quarter – and these words continued after the mini-Sons series increased them to eight. Both received a technical score for the fight and chest-to-chest kick, but the usually flippant Thompson lost his cool, continued to bark at the Suns and referee Ed Malloy, and earned a second T and a suspension.
Clay has been removed from the game 😬 pic.twitter.com/oqN2WyB7Uq
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) October 26, 2022
Thompson will write a check to the league for the fine he receives after this departure.
Thompson had the day off, scoring just two points on 1-of-8 shooting, plus he missed all five of his 3-pointers. This added to his frustration.
The Suns pulled away after Thompson’s bailout, using that momentum to take a solid lead in the fourth quarter.
Booker, who started this season brilliantly, has 25 points on 7-of-15 at the time of this writing.
NEW YORK. The NBA and the National Basketball Association have announced a plan to encourage more respectful behavior in basketball, even among the youth.
Many organizations, including the National Basketball Coaches Association, the National Basketball Referees Association, and USA Basketball, are also involved in the Respect for the Game initiative.
The NBA has been using the term with players for nearly two decades, hoping for a more positive interaction between players and referees.
In June, NBA referees denounced violence against officials in other sports, including a coach punching a 72-year-old umpire at a youth baseball game in New Jersey (the umpire required surgery due to a jaw injury) and the player’s death. El Salvador official attacked after ejecting a player from an amateur match. Many refereeing groups have also condemned cases where fans or parents lost control of their emotions during games.
“Respect and dignity are core values of both the NBA and the NBPA,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Chief Executive Tamika Tremalho said in a joint statement. “As the new NBA season begins, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering healthy and respectful relationships among players, coaches, referees, fans, and parents throughout the game.”
The NBA and NBPA have said they will work with youth basketball organizations to include “Respect for the Game” in their leagues. Junior NBA events will now feature participants who make a commitment to respect others and the game, the league said.
The NBA’s “Respect for the Game” policy was introduced in 2006.
The New Orleans Pelicans will be a little less fun against the Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Zion suffered a “hind thigh bruise” from a bad fall when Jordan Clarkson blocked his dunk attempt in the transition. Zion has spent the last eight minutes against the Jazz since falling and will now miss at least one more game.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) October 24, 2022
Injury Information: Zion Williamson suffered a hamstring injury during today’s game.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 24, 2022
Williamson is averaging 22 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season.
Ingram left the Jazz in the first half after being hit in the head and is now on the NBA’s concussion protocol.
Jones pulled out with right knee hyperextension. His knee injury came at the end of an overtime loss to the Jazz, and he recovered it at the time. He is not expected to be away for long. Jones would be especially missed in this game when he would have been assigned to cover for Luka Doncic for most of the night.
The Pelicans started the season 2-1 and are not just entertaining, they could be a real playoff threat in the West. If they can stay healthy.