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Ja Morant shares how his trash-talking to Jayson Tatum at the end of the game backfired

Sure enough, Tatum's cold response and ensuing free throw makes ensured that Morant's trash talk would backfire and send the Celtics home happy with a win
Jayson Tatum & Ja Morant

Jayson Tatum & Ja Morant

Two of the NBA's heavyweights squared off on Monday night when the Boston Celtics took on the Memphis Grizzlies. In a battle between two of the premier superstars in the league, Jayson Tatum and Ja Morant went toe-to-toe, with Tatum doing just enough to lead the Celtics to a hard-fought 109-106 victory over the Grizzlies.

Morant tried to get into Jayson Tatum's head before a pair of huge free throws

Tatum had a huge game for Boston, as he poured in 39 points and helped keep Memphis at arm's length for most of the evening. It wasn't without a strong outing from Morant, who nearly had a triple-double after scoring 30 points, dishing out nine assists, and hauling in eight rebounds. However, Morant didn't get enough help from his supporting cast to overcome Tatum's strong outing.

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Morant did a lot of the heavy lifting on his own for the Grizzlies in this one, and he tried to take matters into his own hands when Tatum stepped to the line for a pair of huge free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the game. Morant tried to get in Tatum's head before the free throws, but Tatum had the perfect response to Morant before burying the two free throws and sending the Celtics home happy for the night.

Tatum shut down Morant's trash talk with a cold response

The art of trash talk isn't as common as it once was in the NBA, and Morant tried to pull it out at the last second to save the Grizzlies. After all, Tatum had missed a pair of free throws moments earlier, which is why the game was so close in the first place. Getting into Tatum's head shouldn't have been that hard considering he missed two huge free throws moments ago, right?

Unfortunately for Morant, Tatum shut him down with a cold response, saying he needed to get home to put his son, Deuce, to bed. Deuce has become a popular figure in Boston, as he can frequently be seen with his dad on the court before the team's home games or courtside watching games as well. And in a one-point game with just two seconds left, Tatum was already thinking about going home after securing the Celtics' win.

Sure enough, Morant's tactic backfired, and Tatum nailed the free throws to settle the score at 109-106. Morant would slip into the Grizzlies' backcourt before even getting off a potential game-tying shot, ending the game then and there. Deuce Tatum was already a popular figure in Boston, and his popularity may find a way to increase now that we know he inspired the Celtics to a win without even being at the game.

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