OKC seems to have Memphis’s number, blowing them out in two of their last three meetings. Zach Randolph isn’t getting any younger, and Marc Gasol seems to be struggling this year. Mike Conley was out, leaving the Grizz with only one active point guard: Mario Chalmers.
And thus, the Thunder rolled over the Grizzlies, 112-94. It was a routine, free-flowing, loose and confident victory by OKC.
Kevin Durant, on his return from a game missed due to a toe injury, scored 26 points and 17 rebounds. Though he appeared a bit rusty to begin the game, he hit his stride in the second half, scoring 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
Westbrook, who (as always) played extremely confidently, added 20 points, seven assists and seven boards. He pushed the ball in transition, and the Grizz just couldn’t keep up.
Having Durant means everything to this team. It sounds incredibly obvious, but its true: they wouldn’t have lost to the Kings Monday had Durant been available. Well, at least according to Durant: “We didn’t have our whole team against Sacramento,” he said, “or we would’ve won that game.”
Having Durant also bolsters the second unit. Anthony Morrow and Dion Waiters scored a combined 29 points on 9-13 shooting. Enes Kanter scored nine points while grabbing eight rebounds, and Cam Payne had eight points and three assists.
The Thunder improve to 25-11 (two games ahead of the Clippers for third in the West), while the Grizzlies fall to 19-18. Next up for the Thunder: tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Tipoff at 9:30 central.