Memphis tonight provided a performance for generations – when it dismantled Oklahoma City and went down in the history books with the biggest difference ever recorded in its name. Without Ja Morant the Grizzlies exploded on the floor and broke the previous record (68 points) from Dec. 17, 1991, when Cleveland defeated Miami 80: 148.
No fewer than 12 Memphis players took part in the contest, with nine of them scoring in double digits. All of them were led by Jaren Jackson Jr. with 27 on 82% from the field. Jackson Jr. scored the first points of the game that set 0: 2, but no one in the hall imagined that this would be the sequel.
At the break the Bears doubled the number of points of the Thunder, 36:72, and at the peak of the difference was 78 (!). The Grizzlies celebrated a club record of 62.5% from the field, enjoying 19 from D’antoni Melton, 18 from Santi Aldama and 17 from John Konchar. Memphis, by the way, scored more points in the paint (82) than Oklahoma City in total. Also, its bench scored 93 points in total.
No Memphis player played more than 21 minutes, and at the end the team from Tennessee went up to a 10:12 balance while OKC went down to 6:16 and suffered an eighth straight loss. The defeated shots, which were missing from Shay Gilges Alexander and Josh Gidi, were led by Dort with 15. The visitors finished the humiliating game with 32.9% from the field and 28.9% from three.
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said: “Of course I’m proud of the players. Records are always something happy. I could not be more proud and excited. They did not think of the difference, they wanted to have fun and celebrate in front of the fans. It was a great display on defense and attack. “.
Oklahoma coach Mark Daigneault tried to explain what happened: “We got into a lack of concentration on defense, and before you know it, the team in front of you is catching pace and the game is out of control. We did not fight, that’s obvious. “It was our bad night.”