Both the Grizzlies and the Thunder wanted momentum going into the All-Star break. However, the Grizzlies appeared to have already cruised into their vacation as Grizzlies fans watched OKC demolish Memphis in a wire-to-wire win.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were hot from the start, as they racked up a combined 50 points. Interestingly, Westbrook was 4-15 from the field but was 15-15 from the line. Allowing Westbrook and Durant to frequently visit the free throw line was one of the many mistakes Memphis made tonight.
Nick Collison had his best night of the season with 15 points.
At the end of the first quarter, Oklahoma lead 35-26. The Grizzlies continually kept cutting the lead down, but the Thunder's lead soon ballooned to 66-48 at the half.
The third quarter didn't go much better for the Grizzlies as their cold shooting continued (they shot 37.2% from the field on the night), and they were unable to cut the Thunder's lead to single digits. Toward the end of the third, Memphis cut it to 14, but the Thunder quickly responded with a Dion Waiters jumper.
Joerger then deployed the bench unit in the forth, and the Grizzlies went on a small run to cut it to 11 with this Beno three pointer:
The Thunder called a timeout and both Memphis and OKC put their starters back in the game. This seemed to kill the momentum for Memphis as they didn't score again for about another four and a half minutes.
Zach Randolph ended up with a solid 16 points and 11 rebounds, but he was 5-15 from the field.
The most entertaining part of the game was Russ Smith's minutes as he had 5 points in 4 minutes:
All-Star break is finally here, and the Grizzlies clearly need it. 39-14 is still an incredible record, but the Grizzlies would've liked to go into All-Star break on a good note.