Watch as Ja Morant chokes on final free throw, Lakers get first win of the season (Video)

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The Memphis Grizzlies and Ja Morant tried so hard to send the Los Angeles Lakers to an 0-3 start to the season.

They were oh, so close. Morant was fouled with two seconds left shooting a three-pointer and got three free throws. Morant made the first two with ease. Then came the third one.


Morant, the former NBA Rookie of the Year winner, finished with 40 points and 10 assists for Memphis.

The Lakers finally got their first win of the year with Carmelo Anthony, who scored 28 points coming off the bench. He surpassed Moses Malone to become the ninth all-time scorer in NBA history.

It was also the first win for Russell Westbrook, who had 13 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.

After three straight home games, the Lakers will go to Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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