Nine Memphis Grizzlies players defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79 in a basketball game, reaching double digits.
The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the hapless Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79, breaking the NBA lead record.
Thursday’s victory of 73 points easily surpassed the previous record, that is, on December 17, 1991, the Cleveland Cavaliers led the Miami Heat with 68 points, 148-80.
Memphis-without their best player, injured All-Star guard Jamorant-used 12 players, 9 of whom scored in double figures, and Jalen Jackson Jr. led by 27 points.
At the end of halftime, the Grizzlies led 72-36, leading by 78 points. This is the biggest lead in NBA games since the 1996-97 season.
73 points? ! ? !This is fine
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) December 3, 2021
The Grizzlies’ field goal percentage set a team record, with a shooting percentage of 62.5%. Their three-point shooting percentage also reached 52.8%. De’Anthony Melton scored 19 points, Santi Aldama scored 18 points, and John Konchar scored 17 points for the Grizzlies.
“Man, it feels great,” Melton said after the game. “It feels great to be in the annals of history, especially in front of the audience in our hometown.
“We did it from one to fifteen. Everyone made a contribution.”
Memphis coach Tyler Jenkins said: “The franchise record is obviously great. I am proud of our people, they didn’t expect this.
“We are motivated by our standards every night. The offense and defense tonight are very comprehensive.”
The low-ranking Thunder now has the records of the largest away defeat and the largest home defeat in league history. In May, they were defeated by the Indiana Pacers by 57 points at home.
“It doesn’t have to be us tonight,” Thunder coach Mark Digno said. “I think we have proven this from a competitive point of view. This does not explain who our team is.”