The Memphis Grizzlies were up 29 points with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter on Wednesday night, and they were ready to start wasting as much time as possible.
Bring in Ja Morant to do the job.
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After LaMelo Ball hit a 3-pointer for the Charlotte Hornets, the Grizzlies threw the ball away, but the ball rolled down the court with no one around but Morant, who apparently knows the rules all too well.
Officials do not start a countdown for eight-second violations until the ball is touched, but the game clock was still running.
So, Morant didn’t even bother to touch the live ball, and lost about half a minute of game time without any penalty.
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“You can do it,” said a Hornets announcer. “The ball hasn’t been touched. In theory, I could do it until midnight tonight.”
As Morant stood over the ball, the Hornets’ coaches insisted that someone approach him. The Hornets’ Terry Rozier eventually worked his way up to play defense, so Morant eventually picked him up.
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Memphis ultimately won, 131-107, marking their fourth straight victory. They improved to 24-13 on the season, tied for No. 1 in the West with the Denver Nuggets.