Playing Thursday against Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies didn’t just cover the spread (-11)—they obliterated it.
Thursday’s game in Memphis was a massacre from start to finish with the Grizzlies at one point leading by as many as 78. The Grizz were up 36 at halftime and it only got worse from there with Memphis holding the Thunder to dreadful 32.9-percent shooting (28.9 percent from three) with 19 turnovers and just 14 assists.
Remarkably, the Grizzlies’ leading scorer Ja Morant (24.1 points per game), wasn’t even in uniform, missing his third straight game with a sprained knee. The Grizzlies’ final margin of victory—73—was the largest in NBA history, eclipsing the previous mark from 1991, when the Cavaliers trounced the Heat by 68 points.
Losers of eight straight and 10 of their last 11, Thursday spelled the latest chapter in what has been a frustrating season for the Thunder (6-16). Somehow, this was worse than Oklahoma City’s meltdown months earlier when the Pacers throttled them by 57 points, the largest loss by a home team in NBA history.
As noted by ESPN Stats and Information, the Grizzlies scored more points in the paint (82) than the Thunder scored total (79). And before you accuse the Grizzlies of running up the score, know that their starters played a combined 95 minutes. Of the 12 Grizzlies who played, nine finished in double figures including Jaren Jackson, who paced all scorers with 27 points on elite 9-of-11 shooting (6-of-7 from three-point range).
If the Thunder never see the Grizzlies again it will be too soon. Unfortunately, they play them again later this month (December 20th).