The Oklahoma City Thunder stopped a two-game skid by obliterating the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday evening 110-92.
Oklahoma City improves to 32-25 on the season, and has a full hold on fifth place in the Western Conference.
The start was ominous as the Grizzlies started the game out 6-0 and Oklahoma City had more turnovers than points but Oklahoma City responded with a quick run to tie the game up at 10-all.
Once again, the Thunder were without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony for the second consecutive game. The Thunder are listing the two superstars game-by-game. Both went through warm ups but did not play.
Memphis took a 12-10 lead with 6:16 left in the first quarter but that’s when the Thunder went bananas. Oklahoma City would go on a 25-6 run to end the quarter.
Oklahoma City would lead 74-54 at halftime.
The lead would balloon to as many as 28 in the third quarter as Oklahoma City held an 82-54 lead off a Paul George pull up three-pointer with 10:24 left in the third quarter. The Grizzlies though, would try to make the game respectable.
Memphis would go on a 24-10 burst, cutting the deficit down to 13 with 1:58 left in the third but Oklahoma City would not allow Memphis’ field goal over a span of 7 minutes and 59 seconds. During that time, Oklahoma City would push their lead from 13 to 27 points.
The Thunder would finish the game 16-of-37 from three-point range, tying a franchise record for makes in a single game. They had done it twice before, once against Miami in 2013 and once against New York in this year’s season opener.
George would finish with 33 points on 10-of-24 shooting, including five three-pointers. George went 8-of-11 at the free throw line and dished out eight assists.
Including George, the Thunder put five players into double figures, including four starters. Steven Adams finished with nine points and nine rebounds. Patrick Patterson had 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Raymond Felton finished with 14 points, six rebounds and eight assists with only one turnover in his Russell Westbrook impression.
Jerami Grnat scored 14 points off the bench to lead the Thunder reserves.
Oklahoma City will now prepare for the new look Cleveland Cavaliers for a Tuesday night showdown. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oklahoma City thumped the Cavaliers big in Cleveland in their first meeting, so you know LeBron James will be looking for revenge.
Keys to the Game
Alex Abrines: A+
With Abrines stepping into the starting line up, his productions was key and it showed true tonight. The usual back up two-guard scored 16 points for the game. He went 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point line. Oklahoma City did a great job getting Abrines into rhythm early.
Don’t let up: A+
Sure, the Grizzlies found a way to cut it down to 13 once but that’s about it. the Oklahoma City Thunder did a really great job of finding and elevating any comeback by the Grizzlies. Jerami Grant was huge off the bench and did a really good job as an energy guy off the bench as the Thunder won big tonight.
Shoot the three: A+
No one saw this coming but the Thunder hit lightning from deep! The Thunder drained 16 three-pointers tonight, tying a franchise record for makes in a single game. Oklahoma City was on it. At point, they were shooting 55.6 percent in the second half from deep.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!