Grizzlies news: Jaren Jackson Jr. sets multiple records in loss to Bucks
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Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. sets multiple records in loss to Bucks

Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies

Jaren Jackson Jr. has etched himself on the Memphis Grizzlies and NBA record books after his 43-point explosion against the Milwaukee Bucks.

First off, the 20-year-old Michigan State product nailed seven threes and recorded 26 points in the third quarter of the game, breaking Troy Daniels’ franchise record for most points in a single quarter. Daniels scored 22 markers in a quarter in 2016.

Interestingly, JJJ also set a new team record for most triples in a quarter with seven — breaking Daniels’ six.

Only Houston Rockets guard James Harden (29 points) and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls (27 points) have scored more in just 12 minutes this season.

Jackson finished with a career-best 43 points to go along with five rebounds in just 29 minutes of action. Overall, he shot 14-for-21 from the field (66.7 percent) and made nine of his 15 tries from downtown (16 percent).

With that performance, Jackson became the youngest player in NBA history to record at least nine triples in a game. He is also the only under-21 player to achieve such feat.

Moreover, Jackson is the youngest player to score 40 or more points since Brandon Jennings bagged 55 points for the Bucks in 2009.

Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, Jackson’s career-night went for naught as they surrendered a 114-127 decision against Giannis Antetokounmpo and company.

After a pretty solid rookie season where he notched 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 56 games, Jackson has upped his averages to 16.5 points (45.7 percent FG shooting and 37.4 from three), 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 23 games played this year.

His high ceiling has played a factor in Memphis’ decision to embrace a rebuild and let go of franchise superstar Marc Gasol last season.

A well-rounded offensive player who can bang inside and possesses the ability to stretch the floor, Jackson’s versatility allows him to seamlessly play the four and five positions for coach Taylor Jenkins’ offense. His long arms and impeccable timing, meanwhile, make him a defensive force on the other end of the floor.

With Jackson and this year’s second overall pick Ja Morant in tow, the future certainly looks bright in Memphis.