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Sixers react to a big night from Grizzlies star Ja Morant in OT win

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Morant finished with 37 points on 15-for-30 shooting and he scored 22 points combined in the third and fourth quarters. “He’s a helluva player. Man, he made shot after shot after shot for them, but I kept telling our guys don’t overreact. His two points seem like they’re more than two and we talked about that at halftime. Like OK, I know it’s an amazing shot, but I swear to God, he only gets two points for them. So just don’t overreact and just keep playing. I thought we did that.”

With no Embiid, Morant was able to have his success at the rim. “He’s able to make spectacular plays, and get the ooh’s and ahh’s from the crowd, but at the end of the day, those are still two points. You don’t get extra points for style so we did a good job of just moving on to the next play and not falling asleep or falling into that lull of the cute plays.”

Tyrese Maxey went toe-to-toe with Morant as he scored 33 points of his own on 13-for-23 shooting and he had eight assists.

“He’s a great basketball player,” Drummond added of Morant.

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