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July 27, 2021

Mike Conley shines in return to Memphis in Jazz win over Grizzlies

SALT LAKE CITY — It was the past vs. the present in Memphis on Wednesday.

Score one for the veteran.

Ja Morant made impossible shot after impossible shot on Wednesday; Memphis’ old favorite son made all of it a moot point.

Mike Conley scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as the Utah Jazz held off the Memphis Grizzlies 111-107 Wednesday at FedEx Forum.

Conley hit one of his patented off-handed floaters, drilled a fadeaway midrange jumper and then hit two clutch free throws to help secure the victory. It was Utah’s seventh straight victory as it improved its league-best record to 36-11.

For the limited fans at FedEx Forum, it may have felt like old times again. Conley had the ball in his hands in the clutch and delivered — except this time he was in the opposite colors.

Conley was 5-of-5 from the field in the fourth quarter and finished with seven assists. And the Jazz needed them all since Conley’s heir in Memphis was absolutely sensational. Morant scored 29 points in the second half to finish with a game-high 36 points to help keep the Grizzlies close.

The Jazz, playing without Donovan Mitchell, also got big nights from Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic. Clarkson had 24 points and seven rebounds, while Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and five rebounds.

This story will be updated.

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