South Carolina Basketball: GG Jackson makes NBA history for the second game in a row, knocks off Curry and Warriors

Former South Carolina basketball star GG Jackson has made the most of his last two games in the NBA. He made NBA history again on Monday against Steph Curry and the Warriors, and he had a great moment speaking to Shaq after the game.

Former South Carolina basketball star GG Jackson and the Memphis Grizzlies beat Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors last night
Former South Carolina basketball star GG Jackson and the Memphis Grizzlies beat Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors last night / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina basketball fans have gotten to watch one of their own burst onto the scene in the past few days.

Columbia native and former Gamecock GG Jackson had his best game since being called up from the G-League on Saturday. In 27 minutes against the Knicks, Jackson scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and blocked 2 shots.

On Monday, he was even better.

Playing against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, Jackson was the best offensive player on the floor in Memphis. The former Gamecock scored a new career-high by dropping 23 points on the Warriors while taking just 9 shots from the field. He went 6-9 (5-8), pulled down 6 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, stole the ball 2 times, and added an assist. For the second night in a row, he led the Grizzlies in +/-.

Jackson and the shorthanded Grizzlies (without Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Marcus Smart) beat the Warriors, and #45 made NBA history for the 2nd game in a row.

Trailing only LeBron James (2003-2004), Jackson is the 2nd youngest player ever to put up back-to-back 20-point performances. He is the youngest player in the NBA right now, but he is forcing the Memphis Grizzlies to put him on the court anyway.

Below are some highlights from his night.

Being just 19 years old, Jackson is flashing the potential that had NBA scouts drooling over him while he was part of the South Carolina basketball program. There are not many players in the world who are 6'9", are plus-athletes, can really shoot the ball from outside, and have the type of instincts Jackson has as a shot blocker.

Jackson also had an incredibly wholesome moment after the game when he had the chance to speak with TNT's Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Candace Parker, and Ernie Johnson during the broadcast's Walk-Off Interview.

Things weren't perfect for GG Jackson and his South Carolina basketball team, but it appears as if the experience turned into a great learning opportunity for one of the highest-upside rookies in the NBA, an opportunity he has taken full advantage of in recent days.

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