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Thunder get revenge, thump Grizzlies 116-100

Chuck Chaney December 11, 2013 1 Comment
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Oklahoma City used a 17-5 run to end the first half to create some separation from the Memphis Grizzlies. Russell Westbrook had 27 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder won their fifth straight game, by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 116-100. It is the Thunder’s 12th win in their last 13 games.

Westbrook was just really impressive tonight, scoring 27 points on 7-of-12 shooting, dishing out nine assists and grabbing six rebounds. It’s the third straight game that Westbrook entered triple-double territory.

Outscoring Memphis 17-5 over the last 3:50 of the second quarter was the game changer. Before that, Oklahoma City (17-4) only led 40-37 with 3:50 remaining, the Thunder offense went into over drive and the Grizzlies couldn’t stop it. Oklahoma City hit 7-of-8 in the final four minutes of the game and limited the Grizzlies to just 33 percent shooting during that span. Kevin Durant through down a nasty dunk that would’ve made you hiccup if you’d seen it.

Perry Jones III had a nice tip-in at the buzzer to give Oklahoma City the 57-42 halftime lead.

Oklahoma City never looked back.

Memphis (10-11) never really had a chance to get back into the gall game, they cut the Oklahoma City lead to just 13 points in the third quarter at 74-61 with 5:08 left in the third quarter. That’s when Oklahoma City did another run, outscoring Memphis 13-2 over the next 2:57.

Durant had a pretty good night, scoring 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds and was a cool +21. Serge Ibaka was a game high +29. Ibaka also had 12 points, seven boards and blocked two shots.

Tonight’s bench was spectacular. Oklahoma City’s bench scored 52 points on 19-of-28 shooting, 68 percent, and hit 5-of-10 from three-point range. It was led by Jeremy Lamb, who scored 18 points, a career high, on 7-of-9 shooting and 3-of-4 from three-point range. Reggie Jackson had 17 points and Nick Collison added five points and drew a charge.

The scary moment was when Steven Adams rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter. He immediately went to the locker room and did not return. He was diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and is considered day-to-day at this point.

They pushed it to as many as 24 points before being able to watch the Grizzlies try to push it down below. A few times Memphis were able to get within 15 or 16, but then you’d watch Lamb hit another shot, giving Oklahoma City some space. None were more impressive as in the fourth quarter when he hit back-to-back threes that drew some ooh’s and ahh’s. It also pushed the Thunder lead back to 21 points at 101-80 with 8:02 remaining in the game.

This was Oklahoma City’s second third consecutive road win. It’s the first time since Oklahoma City did that last April.

Oklahoma City now turns home to play the Los Angeles Lakers, who will be with Kobe Bryant at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday night. The Thunder will try to extend the Oklahoma City franchise record to 11 straight home victories to start the season. They have a chance to break the record next week as they host the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, December 19th.

Keys to the Game

Score Points: A+
116 points on 56.3 percent shooting. That’s pretty good if you ask me. Oklahoma City scored 57 at home and 59 in the second half. Memphis really had no answer, either inside or outside for the Thunder. Oklahoma City had their way and that ultimately was huge, not just scoring, but the efficiency in which they scored.

Start Strong: B-
Oklahoma City jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but blew the lead and led by just two heading into the second quarter. They also turned a big lead into an even bigger lead in the third quarter. Two quarters where Oklahoma City struggled on the defensive and offensive ends, they were really good tonight.

Attack Westbrook!: A+
Westbrook was brilliant tonight. Especially that early stretch in the third quarter where he scored nine points and outscored the Grizzlies at that point by himself (Westbrook 9, Grizzlies 8). He continued to push Mike Conley, who had no answer for him, and really pushed Conley into a no show defensively.

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