It was a two point game midway through the second quarter when Billy Donovan decided to go small, and the Grizzlies just couldn’t keep up. OKC ended the half on a 13-4 run, and maintained their lead for the rest of the game.
The Thunder handed the Grizzlies their worse home loss since moving to Memphis, winning 125-88.
The lead ballooned to 69-51 early in the third quarter, and it didn’t get any closer. OKC outscored Memphis in the fourth quarter. In fact, the Thunder outscored Memphis in all four quarters.
KD absolutely torched the Grizz in only 31 minutes of play, scoring 32 points, 10 boards, six assists, and three steals. He shot 11-14, making his true shooting percentage (a stat that takes 3 point and free throw shooting into account) an astounding 93%.
The Thunder had 31 assists on the night, something Durant loved: “When we play together like that, we make the game easier,” he said. “We were just playing smooth basketball. It was beautiful to watch. It was a fun game to play.”
Russell Westbrook was engaged and dominant in areas other than scoring. Although he only had 13 points, he tied his season high with 16 assists and only turned the ball over three times.
Serge Ibaka finished with 17 points, D.J. Augustin with 13, and Dion Waiters pitched in 12 points.
The Grizz’s two stellar big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph struggled to say the least, scoring 11 and nine points respectively on a combined 37% shooting. This makes two strong defensive performances in a row for the Thunder frontcourt, after holding DeMarcus Cousins to a 5-20 dud.
OKC played their best and most complete game of the season against Memphis. Next up, they look to take revenge against the Atlanta Hawks, who beat them on November 30th. The game is Thursday, December 10th at 7 p.m. at Chespeake Energy Arena.