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Memphis Grizzlies make winning play-off start while LA Lakers lose

LA Lakers lose

The Memphis Grizzlies shocked the Utah Jazz in their opening NBA Western Conference play-off game while reigning champions Los Angeles Lakers also lost.

Dillon Brooks and Ja Morant combined for 57 points as the eighth-seeded Grizzlies shocked the top-seeded Jazz 112-109 in Salt Lake City.

It was the first post-season game since 2010 for the second-seeded Suns.

They achieved the win despite the experienced Chris Paul being hampered by a shoulder injury, with Deandre Ayton adding 21 points and 16 rebounds, while Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson added 10 points apiece.

A physical encounter saw the Suns’ Cameron Payne ejected in the fourth quarter after a shoving match which saw players and backroom staff stream on to the court as tempers flared.

The Lakers, meanwhile, struggled to hit their stride throughout, with LeBron James finishing with 18 points and Anthony Davis with 13.

But the Grizzlies, who beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime in the play-in tournament to reach the play-offs for the first time in four seasons, maintained their momentum against the Jazz.

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