MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A big win for the Memphis Grizzlies means they get to live another day in the NBA playoffs, and excitement from fans can be heard far and wide.

The Grizzlies beat the LA Lakers 116-99 in Game 5, which is pretty close to what WREG’s Mike Ceide predicted Wednesday afternoon.

Desmond Bane and Ja Morant took turns hitting big shots against Lebron and LA.

For Bane, it came in a 21-point first half as the Grizzlies built a 17-point lead. The Lakers would cut it to one in the third quarter.

That’s when Ja put the hammer down. Morant and the Grizz closed the third quarter on a 19-2 run.

Hundreds of fans got hyped for the big game against the Lakers outside the FedExForum with music, dancing, maybe a little competition but mostly, confidence. 

You could feel the excitement all throughout downtown, but fans we caught up with earlier in the day never had a doubt this would be the outcome. 

“3-1, then we’re going to go 3-2. Then Friday night, we’re gonna go 3-3. And then we’re gonna win in Game 7,” said one Grizzlies fan.

If Grizz fans are anything, they’re definitely loyal. They’ll continue to show the love during Friday night’s Game 6 back in LA.