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21 December 2019 02:41

Ja Morant nearly ended Kevin Love just minutes into their matchup on Friday night Quicken Loans Arena.

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Ja Morant nearly ended Kevin Love just minutes into their matchup on Friday night Quicken Loans Arena. Thankfully for the 12-year veteran, though, Morant's dunk was just off the mark. Morant, midway through the first quarter of the Memphis Grizzlies game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, snagged a loose ball and made a move straight to the rim. Once he was a single step inside the free throw line, Morant took off — nearly flying completely over Love while attempting to throw down what would have been a strong contender for the best dunk of the year. Unfortunately, Morant couldn't quite throw it down.

With his best Vince Carter impression, Ja Morant nearly threw down crazy dunk over Kevin Love

OHHHH MY - Ja Morant almost just ended Kevin Love. pic.twitter.com/l6tb7MrZH6 — Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) December 21, [email protected] rookie Ja Morant tried to end Kevin Love pic.twitter.com/J8Y42QJXTd — Grind City Media (@grindcitymedia) December 21, 2019 The near-dunk is yet another example of Morant's potential in the league, one that caused the Grizzlies to pick him up with the second overall pick in the NBA draft in June. The former Murray State star has averaged a team-high 18.9 points and 6.5 assists so far this season, too, an extremely impressive start on a struggling Grizzlies team. Memphis held a slight 55-51 lead over the Cavaliers at halftime. This post will be updated with more information shortly. More from Yahoo Sports:

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