Ja Morant's highlight dunk, late heroics ignite Memphis Grizzlies' rally for Game 5 win over Minnesota Timberwolves

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After scuffling through a frustrating first three quarters

Grizzlies guard Ja Morant exploded with a vengeance Tuesday night in one of the most compelling closing performances in recent postseason history.

Morant's exploits fueled a fourth-quarter rally that lifted the Grizzlies to a 111-109 win over

the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 5 and a 3-2 series lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The late heroics started when he elevated for an emphatic highlight dunk in the closing seconds of the third quarter over

Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley, sending an electric current through the crowd at FedEx Forum.

The slam trimmed the Grizzlies' deficit to 11 points and roused Morant and his teammates from what was a miserable first 36 minutes of basketball.

"I always get the best view of his dunks," Grizzlies big man Brandon Clarke said. "I was right there.