Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies claimed their first win since the restart with a 121-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. —
Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies claimed their first win since the restart with a 121-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.
Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Ja Morant had 19 points and nine assists for the Grizzlies.
Memphis shot 55% and avoided falling into a tie with Portland for eight place in the Western Conference standings.
Chris Paul scored 17 points and Luguentz Dort added 16 for the Thunder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City’s leading scorer this season, finished with 10 points on 3 for 13 shooting.
The Thunder looked nothing like the team that rolled past the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Oklahoma City missed a chance to move into a tie with the Houston Rockets for fourth place in the West.
Oklahoma City led by 18 in the first quarter, but the Grizzlies rallied to take the lead in the second. Memphis led by nine in the final seconds of the first half. Danilo Gallinari hit a 3 for the Thunder with 4.6 seconds left, then Paul stole the inbounds pass and hit a corner 3 to cut the Grizzlies’ lead to 63-60 at halftime.
The Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 32-18 in the third quarter to go up 95-78 at the end of the period.
Thunder: C Steven Adams was out with a left leg injury. … Committed just one turnover in the first quarter. … Dort scored 11 points in the first quarter. … Made just 13 of 43 3-pointers.
Grizzlies: F Anthony Tolliver stepped into the starting lineup for Jaren Jackson Jr., who is out for the season with a knee injury he suffered on Monday. … Valanciunas was issued a technical foul in the second quarter. … Brooks was issued a Flagrant 1 in the second quarter after body checking Dort.
Thunder: Play the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Grizzlies: Play the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
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