The OKC Thunder get their second win in a row and 9 out of their last 10, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 117-95.
The OKC Thunder handle the Memphis Grizzlies with ease after the first quarter. Turns out, it’s harder to win games when you’re down a star player in Marc Gasol, who was traded to the Toronto Raptors just hours before the game began. This left Memphis with a flimsy 8-man roster for the night, and the results were as expected.
In many ways, it was a game of two halves. The first half was riddled with 3-point after 3-point attempt, which is usually not something we see from this team. To make things worse, most of them didn’t go in.
The second half, however, was much more appealing to OKC fans, as the Thunder defense forced several turnovers leading to incredible dunks from Jerami Grant, Russell Westbrook, and even Dennis Schroder. The shooting improved as well, ending the night with 49 percent shooting from the floor and 39 percent beyond the arc.
The night was capped off with a ferocious alley-oop from Westbrook to Terrance Ferguson, who grabbed the ball below the rim and carried it up and in while hanging in mid-air. Needless to say, it was a sight to behold.
The starting lineup really carried the team, with Paul George finishing with 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Westbrook recorded his 8th straight triple-double (15 points, 15 rebounds, 13 assists) and is one away from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the longest triple-double streak. That’s pretty good company. Jerami Grant ended the night with a plus +36 in the boxscore, and Ferguson finished with a plus +28 despite his below average shooting performance.
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