Thunder rookie Cason Wallace issues statement on career night vs Grizzlies

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Sunday night, the OKC Thunder played host to a slumping Memphis team in what ultimately wound up turning into a bloodbath for the Grizzlies.

With four players logging 14 or more points during the contest and Oklahoma City shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and 44.7 percent from distance while holding Taylor Jenkins' club to a mere 41.0 percent shooting, the Thunder breezed on by to a commanding 124-93 win that, in turn, has now given them a one-game edge over the Minnesota Timberwolves for the top spot out west.

Though generally these types of routes have been spearheaded by one of the team's main centerpieces in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chet Holmgren, and Jalen Williams, to the delight of many, it actually was the play of Cason Wallace that helped lead the charge for Mark Daigneault's surging squad.

From his inside-out offensive game that saw him cash in on nine of his 14 attempts from the field (shot 4 of 6 from distance) to his sound defensive efforts, the rookie had himself a career performance that played a major part in OKC's blowout victory.

Following the game, Wallace discussed his tremendous showing in an on-court interview with Bally Sports' Nick Gallo, discussing his emotions regarding the milestone and crediting his teammates for their support along the way.

Cason Wallace talks career night with Thunder in win over Grizzlies

"It feels good knowing that I was making shots. My teammates, they were supporting me and finding me with my open spots."

Cason Wallace

Wallace would close off by heaping more praise upon his teammates, saying that they are constantly "bringing energy" and "showing love and support."

In nearly 27 minutes of action, the 10 overall selection from this past draft posted a stellar stat-line of 22 points (career-high), 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and a block while shooting a stellar 64.3 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from distance.