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Ja Morant lifts Griz with 34 points, buzzer-beater in return

NEW ORLEANS -- Ja Morant finished off a stirring, 34-point season debut with a spinning dribble in the lane to set up a game-winning floater as time expired in the Memphis Grizzlies' 115-113 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies, who entered on a five-game skid and were 6-19 during Morant's 25-game suspension for twice displaying a gun on social media, trailed by 24 in the first half but took a 113-111 lead on Morant's inside basket with 1:22 to go.

The Pelicans tied it and the teams exchanged missed 3-pointers before Morant's winner.