There is nothing Ja Morant can’t do.

Just two days after scoring a regular-season franchise-record 46 points in a 116-110 win over the Chicago Bulls, Morant has one-upped himself, exploding for 52 in a win.

This time, instead of over-the-shoulder layups or destructive alley-oop dunks, the Memphis Grizzlies superstar was defying gravity with a ridiculous halftime buzzer-beater.

And if that was not enough, Morant again proved just how fearless he is as the 6-foot-3 point guard threw down an enormous dunk, almost ending 7-foot-1 centre Jokob Poeltl in the process.

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Morant did all that while ending the 118-105 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

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“I had to finish it with authority,” Morant said post-game of the dunk.

“I finished the play finally for everybody saying ‘almost’, that one was for all of you.”

As for the halftime buzzer-beater, the 22-year-old even admitted to being surprised at pulling it off.

“Stevo [Steve Adams] looked at me and told me to run,” he said.

“I just started early. He was trying to put it as close to the rim as he could. He delivered the pass, I put everything into the shot and it went in.”

It continues an incredible run for Morant, who has scored 162 points in his last four games, averaging 41 points, six rebounds and five assists while shooting 53 per cent from the field.

It is nothing new to Adams, who was asked about Morant’s brilliance after the win over Chicago.

“I’ve seen too many of them. Kinda boring now,” he said.

“He’s such an amazing player.”

Adams made his presence felt on the defensive end, finishing Tuesday’s game with 14 rebounds, two steals and three blocks to go with four points and five assists.

The Spurs actually got a solid output from their starting line-up, with all five players reaching double figures while Lonnie Walker IV top-scored with 22 points.

There was little San Antonio could do about Morant though, who out-scored Memphis’ four other starters by 34 points.

UNDERMANNED NETS CRASH TO NEW LOW

The Nets didn’t just get dominated Tuesday.

They got dropped so deep into the play-in morass they need to start worrying about staying in the postseason picture at all.

Brooklyn’s 133-97 loss to Toronto at Barclays Center was doubly damaging, losing ground to the Raptors in the standings.

“Great challenge,” Nets coach Steve Nash had said pregame, before he was a last-minute scratch for health and safety protocols.

“Obviously they have a championship under their belt, continuity with their top guys.

“We really respect the way they play, how they compete. They also happen to be right above us in the standings. It’s going to be a great challenge for us to find a way to compete in these two games and see what we can get out of it.”

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The Nets (32-30) fell 3.5 games behind the idle sixth-place Boston Celtics and the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But at this point, the Nets — losers of 14 of 17 — need to be looking over their shoulder, not ahead.Eighth-place Brooklyn fell two full games behind the Raptors, with a return game of this home-and-home looming Tuesday in Toronto. The Nets won’t have any of their new Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving or Ben Simmons for that tilt, and the prospect of falling three games back with 19 to play is daunting.

The Nets got torched by Scottie Barnes, who had a game-high 28 points on 12 of 14 shooting from the floor with a game-high 16 rebounds. They held Pascal Siakam to just eight points on 2 of 14 shooting but it didn’t matter, such was their abysmal play in almost every other aspect.

Brooklyn trailed by as much as 39, on a Yuta Watanabe 3-pointer for a 129-90 Toronto lead with 3:37 to play.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points to lead a sorry Nets offense that shot just .384 overall.

– New York Post

NBA SCORES

Milwaukee Bucks 130 defeated Charlotte Hornets 106

Cleveland Cavaliers 122 defeated by Minnesota Timberwolves 127

Miami Heat 112 defeat Chicago Bulls 99

Oklahoma City Thunder 110 defeated by Sacramento Kings 131

Orlando Magic 119 defeat Indiana Pacers 103



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