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NBA: Morant takes blame for Sixers defeat

Ja Morant moved to defend Memphis teammate Ziaire Williams after Monday's loss to Philadelphia 76ers and says he is to blame for the overtime defeat.

The Grizzlies sit in third place in the Western Conference with a 35-18 overall record and they are 25/1 to win the NBA Championship outright, while Morant is 12/1 to be the regular season MVP.

Errors acknowledged

Morant, who earned his first All-Star call-up this year, led the scoring at Philadelphia with 37 points on 15-for-30 shooting, while he also managed five rebounds and five assists.

The Grizzlies lost in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center as Williams missed a crucial shot late on, but Morant was quick to show his support to the rookie guard and pointed out he himself made a number of errors earlier in the contest.

"Him [Williams] open. His man came to help. Right play. I wouldn't change it," said Morant, via Fadeaway World. "[If it] Happens again, I'll make the same pass.

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"I passed it because I believe in him, and know he's capable of making that shot. That play comes again, I'll pass it again.

"There's nothing to hang our heads about or for people to be mad about because [Williams] missed a shot. If there's anybody you want to be mad at, it can be me.

"I had nine turnovers, missed big free throws, didn't make a three [pointer]. If you pick anybody to be mad at, pick me."

 Memphis are back in action on Wednesday when they make the trip to New York Knicks.

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