The Memphis Grizzlies traveled to Oklahoma City as they began their four game road trip. With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander not on the floor for the Oklahoma City Thunder, could the Grizzlies push their winning streak to three games?
The Memphis Grizzlies got off to a solid start against the Thunder. They got themselves out to a nine point lead on Oklahoma City, but the Thunder roared their way back into the game. The Thunder went on quite the run themselves not allowing the Grizzlies to score in six straight possessions, and eventually tying the game back up. The Grizzlies and Thunder shot 35% from the field in the first quarter. Following a rough shooting quarter by both sides, the Grizzlies carried a 26-21 lead heading to the second quarter.
The second quarter would feature the Grizzlies “in the mud.” Granted, the Thunder were playing great defensively, Memphis just couldn’t hit shots they normally would hit. It didn’t help that the Grizzlies were trying to leak out in transition, and the Thunder are a great defensive team on the break.
While the Thunder rose their field goal percentage up to 45%, the Grizzlies were still sitting below 35% shooting at the half. The Grizzlies closed out final minutes of the first half well on both ends with Grayson Allen capping off a really solid first half, with a thunderous slam. The Grizzlies trailed the Thunder 53-49 at the break in Oklahoma City.
After four turnovers to start the second half by the Grizzlies that saw themselves down by double-digits, the Grizzlies would start to find their footing. The Grizzlies locked into the ball game, and started playing overall great basketball. They focused on each possession offensively, and you could them talk switches out defensively. The Grizzlies went from down 12 to a 31-9 run at one point. The Grizzlies led the Thunder following a roller coaster third quarter 82-73
De’Anthony Melton aka Mr. Do Something caught fire in the fourth quarter. Melton, adding to an already impressive month of March caught fire from beyond the arch for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies as a whole shut down the Thunder in the fourth quarter, and held their double-digit lead over the Thunder. The Grizzlies take down the Thunder 116-107 on Wednesday night extending their winning streak to three.
Dillon Brooks - 25 points, 8/13 FG in 27 minutes
Grayson Allen - 20 points, 8/14 FG, five rebounds
Jonas Valanciunas - 16 points, 15 rebounds, 7/14 FG
De’Anthony Melton - 14 points, 5/9 FG, 4/6 from deep
The Grizzlies look to extend their winning streak even further on Friday night as they travel to Utah for a back-to-back matchup with the best team in the Western Conference.