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‘Tillman’s Surprising Performance’ Memphis, without Morant, overpowers LAL and series 1-1

Memphis defeated the Lakers and tied the series.

The Memphis Grizzlies won 103-93 against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the first round of the 2022-2023 NBA Playoffs Western Conference held at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, USA on the 20th (Korean time).

Xavier Tillman메이저놀이터 (22 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists) recorded a surprise double-double, while Jaren Jackson Jr. (18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) and Desmond Bain (17 points, 4 rebounds) also showed off their presence. Memphis, who lost the first game, succeeded in counterattacking and tied the series.

From the start of the game, Memphis took the lead. At the center was Bane. Bain stirred the court and scored 10 points in the first quarter alone. In addition, David Roddy and Luke Kennard provided support fire from the perimeter. Jackson Jr. and John Concha scored in the second quarter. Malik Beasley and LeBron James conceded points, but Dylan Brooks and Tillman succeeded in attacking. With Kennard and Jackson Jr.’s 3-pointers added, Memphis finished the first half with a score of 59-44.

Even in the second half, Memphis’ performance was stable. Tillman hit a 3-pointer following an alley-oop dunk, and Roddy shot support from the perimeter. The Lakers counterattacked with James and Rui Hachimura, but Roddy and Kennard made a 3-point shot. Jackson Jr. completed the three-point play by earning a foul with a mid-range shot. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 83-71, still Memphis’ lead.

However, a crisis came in the fourth quarter. After giving up points one after another to Jared Vanderbilt, he was hit by a 3-point shot by Austin Reeves. Memphis took a breather with Brooks and Tillman’s scoring, but this time they conceded points to Anthony Davis and James, narrowing the score to 92-86.

Even so, Memphis’ will to win was strong. Bain scored on a free throw, and Brooks fired the outside gun. Afterwards, Jackson Jr. added a point with a free throw and seized the victory. Memphis didn’t let go of the reins until the end, and that’s how they kept the victory.

Meanwhile, the Lakers had James (28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists) and Hachimura (20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists) stand out, but could not overcome Memphis’ energy. The 3-point shot that didn’t explode was also one of the losses.

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