This was the best game of the season. Bar none.
Memphis snapped a 9 game-losing streak to Oklahoma City, but several Grizzlies were just outstanding. Memphis came out firing, racing to a 9-0 lead that turned to an 18-5 advantage quickly. Despite falling asleep for a bit in the second quarter, the Grizz never stopped fighting. They make OKC fight on every possession on both ends of the floor, and they looked good doing it too.
What could have been a third-straight loss for a shorthanded team turned into a huge win for a group of guys fighting for their place in the league or their next contract. It was a truly satisfying performance for the team and their fans and I loved every moment of it.
Some juicy nuggets from tonight’s win:
Career nights: Bruno Caboclo and Delon Wright reached new heights in their NBA careers. Bruno racked up a personal best 24 points. He always seemed to be in the right spot, getting baskets early on and whenever Memphis looked like they needed something. Wright set a career high 13 assists and was all over the place. His court vision was outstanding and his passes were accurate and timely.
Mr. March: Tyler Dorsey has played incredibly well in two of his last three, and his moniker of Mr. March that he got back in his Oregon days has never rung more true. His free throw numbers haven’t been great, but he continues to stuff the stat sheet and provide Memphis with much-needed 3-point accuracy. And yes as we speak I’m looking at getting a Dorsey jersey. No, I don’t think I’m overreacting right now.
Playing spoiler: This game was a real opportunity for Memphis. OKC has been slumping lately, losing 4 of 5 coming into tonight’s matchup. This would have been a huge opportunity for the Thunder to make up ground and improve their playoff seeding, but Memphis came out ready to play and never gave the Thunder much hope. They rolled with OKC blow for blow and came out victorious. As the season winds down, this could have been a huge “what if” game for the Thunder.
Memphis is back in action when they take on the defending champion Warriors on Wednesday night.