Buzzer-beaters and ankle-breakers weren't enough for Wizards in loss to Ja Morant's Grizzlies

Mike DePrisco
NBC Sports Washington

Rookie phenom Ja Morant made his D.C. debut Sunday at Capital One Arena against the winner he was everything that was advertised. And then some. 

Morant finished with 27 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, made basically every big play down the stretch and carried his Grizzlies team to a 106-99 win over the Wizards. 

The Wizards were right there all game long, they just couldn't overcome Morant. Here are some of their best plays from the loss. 

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Robinson's first bucket with the Wizards

In his first stint on the floor as a member of the Wizards, Jerome Robinson made his presence felt with a loud missed dunk and a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter. 

Not a bad way to score your first points with a new team. 

Robinson never got much playing time with the Clippers, who drafted him 13th overall in 2018. In Washington, the two-guard should get more minutes and more shots to where he could at least become a valuable bench scorer behind Bradley Beal and John Wall

Beal and Smith show off their handles

Most of the attention going into this game was centered around Morant, so the first chance Bradley Beal and Ish Smith got to show off their game, they did not disappoint. 

First, it was Beal giving Kyle Anderson a rude welcome to the District. 

The stepback mid-range pull-up is Beal's go-to move in iso situations. He hasn't been terribly successful in end-of-game scenarios where he has to beat his man off the dribble and score through the help defenders, so further mastering this move would go a long way for Beal's performance in the clutch. 

Not long after Beal's move, Smith pulled out his patented killer-crossover on Tyus Jones for an easy layup. 

Morant may have been the headliner in this one, but never count out the vets in games like these. They typically try to show the youngsters a little something. 

Rui caps off wild play with a loud dunk

At the end of the second quarter Sunday night, Beal drove baseline and found a cutting Isaac Bonga in front of the basket. Before Bonga even collected the ball in his hands it was on its way to Rui Hachimura for a punctuating dunk. 

It's hard to tell if Bonga meant to make the pass or he just lost it and the Wizards got lucky. Either way, it made for a nice highlight. 

With Hachimura's dunk at the end of the second, it marked the third straight time the Wizards ended a quarter strong. The end of the first featured Robinson's buzzer-beater as you saw above, and before that, Beal ended Friday's game against Dallas with a game-winning layup. 

Life after the trade deadline has treated the Wizards well for the most part. 

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