Four NBA games unfolded last night, highlighted by Ja Morant's sensational return. In a nail-biting clash, Memphis edged past New Orleans 115-113, while San Antonio outscored Milwaukee 132-119. Portland faced Phoenix in a close encounter, with Phoenix prevailing 109-104. The most thrilling matchup witnessed Golden State overcoming Boston 132-126 in overtime. Ja Morant stole the show, marking his return with an impressive 34 points, securing a dramatic victory and ending a five-game losing streak.
In a remarkable feat, Morant's return from a lengthy suspension saw him become the first NBA player to score as many points after a 25-game absence. Despite Morant's absence, Memphis excelled with a 19-6 record, and now they aim to climb the playoff ladder in the competitive Western Conference.
Elsewhere, Damian Lillard's outstanding performance of 40 points propelled Portland, making him the 51st player in NBA history to surpass 20,000 career points. Giannis Antetokounmpo's triple-double aided Milwaukee in dominating Phoenix, securing a 132-119 victory. In a thrilling rematch of the 2021-22 Finals, Golden State triumphed over Boston in a third consecutive win, ending the Celtics' five-game winning streak. Stephen Curry's 33 points and Klay Thompson's 24 played pivotal roles in the Warriors' comeback.
Phoenix suffered an unexpected loss to a resilient opponent, despite Kevin Durant's 40 points and Devin Booker's 26. Anfernee Simons' 23 points and Jeremy Grant's 22 led the underdog to a surprising comeback, overcoming a double-digit deficit against the Suns.