The Memphis Grizzlies have one of the longest losing streaks in the league right now, hoping to avoid a sixth straight loss as they battle the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma. The Thunder, on the other hand, are coming fresh off of a 106-81 blowout loss that was handed to them by the Los Angeles Lakers. This game between the Grizzlies and the Thunder will mark the second of four meetings between these teams this season.
The Grizzlies and the Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 102 times in the past as the Grizzlies won 36 games while the Thunder went on to pull out 66 victories. December 9 was the last time they clashed each other as the Thunder snuck away with a 102-101 overtime win. During that game, Steven Adams scored 21 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked one shot while Carmelo Anthony also had 21 points, along with 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. Tyreke Evans finished the game with 29 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and one block.
Mike Conley (Achilles; 17.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 4.1 APG, 38.1 FG%, 31.2 3P%)
Deyonta Davis (knee; 5.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 62.7 FG%)
Chandler Parsons (knee; 8.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 48.6 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
Wayne Selden (knee; 8.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 40.4 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Kobi Simmons (G-League; 3.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.2 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Brice Johnson (1.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.1 APG, 63.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Andre Roberson (knee; 5.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 22.2 3P%)
Nick Collison (coach’s decision; 1.9 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.3 APG, 87.5 FG%)
Russell Westbrook (ankle; 25.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 10.3 APG, 44.5 FG%, 30.5 3P%)
Carmelo Anthony (ankle; 17.0 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 41.2 FG%, 34.7 3P%)
The Oklahoma City Thunder would have control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the defense held the Grizzlies to forty-two percent. Three-time All-Defensive player Paul George got hot for 16 points while nailing 3 three-pointers in the first period. He also had three assists and one steal while Alex Abrines contributed with two three-pointers in the first quarter. Steven Adams saw to it that he had four points and four rebounds while Patrick Patterson collected two points and three defensive rebounds. Jerami Grant played 7 minutes off of the bench as he had four points.
On the other end of the floor, former San Antonio Spurs’ power forward JaMychal Green earned himself six points on seventy-five percent shooting. Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, and Andrew Harrison all had two points each while Marc Gasol was held scoreless in the nine minutes that he played. Jarell Martin played the most minutes off of the Memphis Grizzlies’ bench but was kept to just four points as the home team went into the locker room with a huge 74-54 advantage.
The Grizzlies would attempt to make a comeback, though, as they shot thirty-one percent from the field in the second half while the Oklahoma team shot twenty-nine percent. Chicago-native Myke Henry contributed to that as he earned himself eight points off of the bench. Gasol would make up for lost time as he scored seven points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Thunder hold on for a 110-92 win behind George’s 11 second-half points. Paul George finished the game with 27 points, one rebound, 6 assists, and 2 steals while JaMychal Green settled for 10 points, 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. These two teams will play each other again on Wednesday but this time, it will be in Tennessee and it will mark the third of four times that these two teams will play each other this season.