Memphis Grizzlies (152) Versus Oklahoma City Thunder (73) – December 2, 2021. As mentioned, this Grizzlies win has set the new NBA record for the largest margin victory in history. In the 12 players who played in the game by Memphis, nine players managed to score in double-digits.
Memphis Grizzlies 152-79 Oklahoma City Thunder (December 2021)
With Ja Morant out, this win was as much a testament to the Memphis Grizzlies’ depth as it was a reminder of the Thunder’s rebuilding status.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sat out for Oklahoma City, leaving a rotation which was heavily focused on player development to put it kindly.
The relentless Grizz enjoyed racking up the points. Leading 72-36 at the half, they didn’t let up, with Jarrett Culver, Sandi Aldama, Brandon Clarke, De’Anthony Melton, Xavier Tillman and John Konchar all scoring 11 or more off the bench.
OKC collected just 26 rebounds to Memphis’ 53, and posted some particularly ugly individual statistics. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, for instance, didn’t make a field goal and was a -56 in 24 minutes of play.
The Memphis Grizzlies have smashed the National Basketball Association (NBA) record for margin of victory, clobbering the hapless Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79.
Thursday’s 73-point win easily topped the previous mark, which was The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 68-point spread over the Miami Heat, 148-80, on December 17, 1991.
Memphis – who were without their best player, injured all-star guard Ja Morant – used 12 players and nine of them reached double figures in scoring, with Jaren Jackson Jr’s 27 points leading the way.
With the score at halftime being 72-36, the Grizzlies just kept adding to the lead, eventually pulling ahead by as many as 78 points. It was the largest lead in any NBA game since 1996-97.
The Grizzlies set a franchise record for shooting, making 62.5 percent from the field. They were also 52.8 per cent from the three-point range. Reserves De’Anthony Melton scored 19 points, Santi Aldama had 18 and John Konchar added 17 for the Grizzlies.
“Man, it feels great,” Melton said after the game. “It feels great to be in the history books, especially in front of our home crowd.
“We did it one through 15. Everybody contributed.”
“We’re just motivated by what are our standards every single night. Tonight was on pretty full display both offensively and defensively.”
The lowly Thunder now have the records for the largest road loss and the largest home loss in league history. In May, they were beaten at home by 57 points by the Indiana Pacers.
“Tonight is not necessarily who we are,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “I think we’ve definitely shown that from a competitive standpoint. This isn’t indicative of who our team is.”