NBA wrap: Grizzles outlast Nets in double-overtime behind Jaren Jackson Jr.'s career-high 36 points

The Grizzlies outlasted the struggling Nets in double-overtime for their first win in four games.

Memphis forward Jaren Jackson Jr. powered the team to a 131-125 win behind a career-high 36 points, including a late 3-pointer to force overtime. He became the third-youngest player in NBA history with a 30-or-more point game, behind only LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

The Grizzlies (13-8) maintain first place in the Southwest Division, and will continue to try and keep pace with the Trail Blazers and Thunder in the Western Conference standings. 

The loss drops the Nets to 8-15 and extends their losing streak to five games. Brooklyn matched its season high with 125 points against Memphis with fourth-year player D’Angelo Russell leading the efforts with 26 points, and three Nets — Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson — chipping in 15 apiece.

It was yet another thriller Brooklyn dropped. The Nets nearly caught up to the 76ers on Sunday, but lost 127-125, and on Nov. 25, fell to the Mavericks 119-113. 

Studs of the Night

Rockets guard Eric Gordon was on fire. The veteran guard hit seven 3-pointers to finish with 26 points in Houston’s 136-105 win over San Antonio. He was second behind teammate Clint Capela, who had a game-high 27 points.

Andre Drummond finished with a double-double of 19 points and 20 rebounds in the Pistons’ fourth consecutive win.

The 76ers had double-double performances from both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The pair helped Philadelphia to a 16-8 record with the 123-98 win over the Wizards. Simmons scored 13 points and dished out 10 assists to go along with eight rebounds, while Embiid finished with 16 points and 15 boards.

Utah’s Donovan Mitchell dropped 30 points in the Jazz’s 119-111 win over the Hornets. 

Duds of the Night

Nothing seemed to go right for Spurs small forward Dante Cunningham, who finished with no points in 18 minutes on the court. He attempted just two shots, a field goal and a 3-pointer, but couldn’t net either in San Antonio’s 31-point defeat.

The Pelicans could have used a little more help from their bench against the Heat. New Orleans went on to lose 106-101 to Miami with a combined 12 points from their reserves. 

Highlights

The Denver-Portland matchup is giving us all the action we expected from two of the top teams in the Western Conference, including this early dunk from Blazers forward Meyers Leonard.

Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic wasn’t afraid of the King on Friday. Doncic had back-to-back blocks against James.

What’s Next?

Warriors (15-8) at Pistons (12-7), 7 p.m. ET — Detroit hopes to continue its win streak, which was extended Friday with a 107-88 win over Chicago, against a recently bruised Golden State squad. The Warriors weren’t able to pull off a win Thursday despite Durant’s 51-point night. The overtime loss to the Raptors ended the Warriors’ own streak of three consecutive wins. But, things haven’t been easy for the defending champions, as they have been without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. However, Curry is supposed to make his return in Detroit on Saturday, so they will likely get a much-needed boost.