The Grizzlies started cold, making just 1 of 5 at 8:25 mark. Halfway through the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed 12-6. It was Jaren Jackson Jr. who brought the offensive energy with a steady stream of baskets, keeping the lead within reach.
Although the Grizzlies struggled to contain Gilgeous-Alexander early, the Grizzlies led at the end of the first quarter 23-18, with Jaren scoring 9 of the Grizzlies 23 points and showing up on the defensive end with 2 blocks.
Ja Morant and Grayson Allen score early in the quarter to help with a 17-4 run for the Grizzles. A lucky three from Nader at the tail-end of the shot clock cut the Grizzlies’ lead to 4.
Brandon Clarke sought to solidify the Grizzlies lead with a couple of big plays at the end of the quarter, but Chris Paul and Schroder answered in the final minute to end the half to cut the Grizzlies lead to 2.
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Dillon Brooks steals and scores quickly to open the 3rd quarter. Chris Paul assisted Steven Adams’ buckets repeatedly in an attempt to start an OKC run, but Brandon Clarke scored a key three-pointer with five-minutes left in the 3rd, extending the Grizzlies’ lead to 9.
De’Anthony Melton consistently provided offensive energy off the bench, and his shot-and-one restored the Grizzlies lead to 9, then Tyus Jones hit a key three-pointer that gave the Grizzlies the largest lead of the night at 14. The Grizzlies outscored the Thunder by 10 in the third quarter.
Although the Grizzlies did not have a defensive answer for Schroder, they maintained their own offensive momentum to start the final quarter of the game, quickly widening the lead to 20.
Chris Paul singlehandedly tried to bring the Thunder back within striking distance, and Terrance Ferguson scored a three that prompted a crucial Grizzlies’ timeout. The Grizzlies handled late-game pressure well to earn a win against the Thunder 110-97, snapping their 9-game losing streak in Oklahoma City.