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Ja Morant puts on first half show against James Harden, Rockets

Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 14: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the Houston Rockets on January 14, 2020 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. 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 2020 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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It was the full James Harden experience in the first half in Memphis, 26 points on 18 shots.

However, it was the Ja Morant show.

The Memphis rookie had 13 points, six assists, and stole the show from Harden in the first half.

It’s not just the highlight plays, it’s the smart plays. In the first half, if Harden switched on to him, Morant backed up, asked for a clear-out, and treated Harden like The Beard has treated so many bigs over the years.

The Grizzlies have won five in a row (moving into the eighth seed in the West) and led this game by six at the half (Houston is without Russell Westbrook for the night). Whether Memphis wins the game or not, Morant is winning fans with every game.