With Troy Williams and Wade Baldwin in Iowa, and Deyonta Davis and Brandan Wright still out with injury, the Grizzlies had 11 players ready to roll tonight in Oklahoma City against the Thunder. Memphis started Conley/Gasol/Allen/Parsons/Green.
Despite a 25% difference in field goal percentage, Memphis held within six of the Fighting Westbrooks in the first quarter, spurred by an unusually active Chandler Parsons’ early scoring. JaMychal also had a nasty chase-down block of Enes Kanter:
Memphis shot below 40% on the game, missing several chances to pounce on a somnambulant Thunder team who waited till the fourth quarter to come alive.
Their best shots at breaking through came late in the third quarter, when they cut the lead to one before giving up a 9-0 run; and a final push led by the closing line-up of Conley/Gasol/Allen/Randolph/Daniels. After pulling within two in the final minutes, they looked poised to tie the game until a Steven Adams block of Mike Conley led to a triple by Victor Oladipo on the other end, which turned the momentum for good.
After a slow start, Conley finished with 22 points and 6 assists. Parsons and Randolph added 14 apiece, and Westbrook grabbed yet another triple-double with 24/13/12 for the Thunder.