Kevin Love Jokes Ja Morant Almost Ended His Career with Viral Dunk Attempt

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 21, 2019

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 20: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 20, 2019 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies did not respect his elder Friday night.

Morant nearly posterized Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Kevin Love during the Cavs' 114-107 win at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and Love humbly credited Morant after the game:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Ja was WILD for trying this over Kevin Love 😨 https://t.co/k7W3Kam7KW

Kevin Love @kevinlove

Ja almost ended my professional career with this dunk...that kid is something special πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» https://t.co/5SxCItAMba

Love did top Morant in the box score, though, posting 21 points and 13 rebounds to the 20-year-old's eight points, 11 assists and five rebounds. Morant, though, came close to tying a franchise record with his performance:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Ja Morant tied his career high with 11 assists, 1 shy of tying Mike Bibby for the Grizzlies rookie record for a single game (done twice). Morant now has 5 games with 10 assists, no other rookie has 1 such game this season. https://t.co/gKmJQXxTWD

Morant has executed other highlight-reel dunks this month:

Memphis Grizzlies @memgrizz

@JaMorant PEEP THIS ANGLE 😀 https://t.co/OOlLYxu3VV

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Ja went flying 😳 https://t.co/EYX7GCf0rw

And he proved his dunking acumen while still at Murray State:

Ballislife.com @Ballislife

Remember this Ja Morant dunk in college? https://t.co/aYHOhbrmAP

Morant is averaging 18.4 points, 6.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals across 23 starts.

The 10-19 Grizzlies look to have nailed their lottery pick.