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Spurs’ Marco Belinelli drops Ja Morant to the floor with swift escape act

Marco Belinelli, Ja Morant

Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant has been serving up highlight plays as of late, but he was on the receiving end of Marco Belinelli’s escape act on Monday night.

The San Antonio Spurs’ 33-year-old Italian shooter  showed some wily veteran smarts against the more athletic 20-year-old, tricking him with a heads up play with under five minutes left in regulation during their game at the FedEx Forum.

Belinelli had little space to operate in the right wing, as he was blanketed by Morant’s tough defense. He gave the rock up to Aldridge and cut baseline, before abruptly stopping on a dime which left the rookie stumbling on the floor.

With his defender dropped, Belinelli casually got back behind the arc and drilled a triple, giving the Spurs a commanding 130-111 lead. They went on to complete the impressive road victory, 145-115.

Belinelli contributed 10 points and two rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

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