Jonas Valanciunas scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies held onto the lead this time against Oklahoma City, beating the Thunder 110-97 in the second meeting between the teams in eight days
OKLAHOMA CITY —
Jonas Valanciunas scored 21 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 and the Memphis Grizzlies held onto the lead this time against Oklahoma City, beating the Thunder 110-97 Thursday night in the second meeting between the teams in eight days.
Tyus Jones added 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting for Memphis, which blew a 24-point third-quarter lead during its last visit to Oklahoma City on December 18 and lost 126-122. That started a stretch in which the Grizzles dropped three out of four games.
The burly Valanciunas went 9 of 11 from the field and fueled an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter that essentially put the game away.
Brandon Clarke scored 15 points for Memphis, going 6 of 7 from the floor.
Steven Adams scored 16 points for the Thunder.
Grizzlies: Memphis has made at least 10 3-pointers in a franchise-record 11 straight games — four more games than the club’s previous mark. The Grizzlies went 10 of 25 from behind the arc. … Jackson has hit at least one 3 in 20 straight games. The team record is 31, held by Tyreke Evans. … Ja Morant had 10 points and five rebounds.
Thunder: Rookie forward Darius Bazely made his second straight start in place of Danilo Gallinari, who missed a second consecutive game due to left ankle soreness. … Oklahoma native and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth attended the game. … The Thunder shot 41% from the field. … Kevin Hervey made his NBA debut, playing the final 1:18.
GALLINARI OUT Gallinari, the Thunder’s second-leading scorer at 18 points per game, was a last-minute scratch Sunday before a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He sat out Thursday as well. Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said Gallinari wouldn’t travel with the team to games at Charlotte on Friday and Toronto on Sunday as a precaution. Donovan said the team has no concerns about “structural” issues with Gallinari’s ankle but “as long as the season is and with what we have coming, the most important thing is we want him to get to where he’s feeling better.” UP NEXT
Grizzlies: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Thunder: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Friday.