The Rundown: Grant’s game-winner lifts Blazers past Suns

Published November 5, 2022, 2:20 PMPolo Bustamante

Jerami Grant knocked down a shot at the buzzer to help the Blazers escape the Suns.



Cavaliers 112, Pistons 88

Pacers 101, Heat 99

Knicks 106, 76ers 104

Nets 128, Wizards 86

Celtics 123, Bulls 119

Grizzlies 130, Hornets 99

Clippers 113, Spurs 106

Mavericks 111, Raptors 110

Pelicans 114, Warriors 105

Bucks 115, Timberwolves 102

Trail Blazers 108, Suns 106

Jazz 130, Lakers 116

What went down

It was a full slate of games for the NBA today. And on a night where LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, and Ja Morant were all playing, the player that shined the brightest was… Jerami Grant.

Usually, when Portland Trail Blazers games go down the wire, the team leans on Damian Lillard. But with their franchise player still out due to a calf injury, the Blazers found another savior.

With one second left on the clock and the game tied at 106, Portland ran a play to get Grant the shot. Justise Winslow triggered the play with a pinpoint high-arching pass from the left side of the court. DeAndre Ayton, expecting a lob to the hoop, jumped straight up to try and deny a tip shot. But the pass sailed over him as the Blazers didn’t design a lob to the hoop but a cross-court pass to get Grant a midrange shot.

Grant got the ball near the baseline on the right side of the hoop. With Ayton out of position, Grant was wide open to hit the short jumper as the clock expired.

Grant not only did his best Lillard impersonation with the clutch shot, but he also led the team in scoring with 30 points on nearly 60 percent shooting. Six other Portland players scored in double digits as the entire team chipped in to overtake the Phoenix Suns at the top of the West standings.

Big-time baller

And still!

The Milwaukee Bucks are still the only undefeated team in the league. They came into their matchup today against the Minnesota Timberwolves riding a seven-game streak. They got their eighth straight win easily thanks to the all-around dominance of Antetokounmpo.

He finished with a triple-double, collecting 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. Antetokounmpo is the most dominant player in the league right now. Just check out this move, which looks exactly like Shaquille O’Neal’s spin and slam in the early 2000s.

What he said

In his prime, Jason Kidd was one of the coolest players in the league. He was dropping no-look dimes and full-court passes like it was nothing.

So for him to find what Doncic is currently doing to start the season “cool” is something else.

Did you see that?

The one-legged three-pointer is not something new. James Harden even normalized it during his MVP run.

Seeing a 7’2” 18-year-old Unicorn pull it off is something else, though.