Down by four with under four minutes remaining, Ja Morant needed to step up big time for his Memphis Grizzlies if they were going to avoid losing two consecutive at home against the Golden State Warriors.

Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals Tuesday evening in Memphis represented a turning point for Morant and the Grizzlies against a battle-tested Warriors squad. A loss here, and Memphis would have found itelf behind the proverbial eight-ball heading into Game 3 in San Francisco.

What did the reigning NBA Most Improved Player do during that final four minutes? He put the Grizzlies on his back by scoring 13 consecutive points for Memphis.