Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks delivered a big performance on Sunday night and the eight-seeded Grizzlies ended surprising the top-seeded Utah Jazz 112-109 in Game 1 of ther first round series. Brooks, who was making his playoff debut, scored a game-high 31 points and also had seven rebounds.
"It's the best feeling," Brooks said after the win, per ESPN. "Fans talking ish to you. It just fires me up. ... I love that. That's my game. Physicality, I was born into that." Meanwhile, Ja Morant had 26 points and four assists.
"An assassin, honestly," Morant summarized in describing Brooks' game. "He was locked in from the jump ... me as a point guard, it's keep feeding him the rock. Me and Coach got some playcalls for him to continue to keep scoring.
Morant gives credit to Brooks
"He brings a lot of energy on the floor," Morant added. "As soon as we get here in the locker room, he's already up active and loud. He carried it onto the floor for us during the game.
We just continue to play off him. I think everybody on this team gets a lot of energy from him, just seeing how active he is on the floor." Brooks also earned a praise from Jazz guard Mike Conley. "Man, Dillon obviously plays with a lot of passion," Conley said.
"That's the word I use. You either like it or you don't. When you're his teammate, you love it. When you play against him, you hate it. But he was unreal tonight. He basically was unguardable there for a few quarters when he was making everything.
It's Game 1, and he performed very well. "We'll have to adjust some things next game and just try to slow him down." Brooks underlined that he is completely locked in in this playoffs. "I try to push guys to the limit," Brooks said.
"Guys know I'm going to bring it every single night and bring it in practice. I'll try and make them have that certain amount of attention to detail. We just feed off each other; when I get going, I get started, it's just contagious.
You see guys doing this a little bit more, and that's what I try to preach to the guys, just do a little bit more. "It just comes to fruition when it comes to this playoff stuff. We just bounce the energy off each other."