I’m just going to give it to you straight, this was not a good look for the Thunder today.
Not really much in terms of runs in the 1st quarter. A lot of back and forth, as the Thunder started 5-0, then allowed the Grizzlies to get back within 1 (5-4). This happened on a couple of different occasions in the 1st, with the Thunder leading by 2 (19-17) to end the 1st.
The Grizzlies started the 2nd quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 23-19 edge with 8:35 remaining in the first half. The Thunder responded with a 7-0 run that had reestablished a 3-point lead (26-23) with 7:34 to play. That’s when Deon Johnson hit a bucket off of a Joe Jackson assist that came with a foul courtesy of Marcus Lewis. Johnson’s “and-1″ set the stage, as the Grizzlies went on an 18-3 run that established a 41-29 lead with 2:20 left.
The score would be 50-35 by halftime, and the Grizzlies would go on to outscore the Thunder in the remaining 2 quarters as well, as they claimed an 84-63 win.
Taken with the 22nd pick of the draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, right after the Thunder settled on Mitch McGary with the 21st, Jordan Adams proceeded to show the Thunder exactly why they were wrong to pass him up. He dropped 22 points off of 5-for-12 (41.7%) shooting, including 4-of-6 (66.7%) shooting from beyond the arc. He wasn’t the only good news for the Grizzlies, however, as 4 other Grizzlies players ended in double figures. 3rd year pro, Kalin Lucas was good for 11 points off of 5-for-10 (50%) shooting, while the trio of Jarrid Famous, Jamaal Franklin, and Jarnell Stokes, dropped 10 points apiece. Simply put, those 5 players alone matched the Thunder’s entire team scoring at 63 points.
Perry Jones led all Thunder scorers with 15 off of 5-for-7 (71.4%) shooting in one of the rare bright spots for the Thunder. Jeremy Lamb contributed 14, but it was off of 4-for-12 (33.3%) shooting, including an abysmal 1-for-7 (14.3%) from downtown.
It’s no big deal, however. The Thunder will get another crack at a win tomorrow as they face the Philadelphia 76ers at 5pm EST/ 4pm CST. Better luck tomorrow, guys!