On a snowy Wednesday night in Memphis, the Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 122–113. Both teams played on the second night of a back-to-back. After losing to the New Orleans Pelicans 144–113 at home on Tuesday, Memphis fought its way to victory against a Thunder team that wouldn’t give up easily. The Thunder were coming off a disappointing loss to the Portland Trailblazers, 115–104, on Tuesday night.
Grayson Allen led the Grizzlies with 22 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while shooting 60 percent from the three-point stripe (6–10). Allen gave the team a big boost with 14 points in the fourth quarter, to help Memphis improve to 12-12 on the season.
.@GraysonJAllen (career-high tying 6 3PM tonight) now has multiple 3PM in 10 consecutive games.— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) February 18, 2021
He joins @jarenjacksonjr (13 straight games; 12/20/19-1/14/20) and @MikeMiller_13 (13; 12/13/06-1/5/07) as the only players in @memgrizz history w/multiple 3PM in 10+ straight games. pic.twitter.com/FjpNz5738I
Jenkins said after the win, “KA [Kyle Anderson] is playing great and has found a lot of consistency this season. He dropped 20 points and had five assists, with versatility on the defensive end. We just want to put in that effort every single night. That is just great from Kyle. He has been having a heck of a season so far. It’s been a big factor for us this season. So hopefully, he continues to do that and find ways to get better. That is the number one goal for each of our guys and our team.”
Ja Morant recorded his first triple-double of the season with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists. “I feel like we are playing pretty good basketball,” Morant said after the game. “We still have some areas we can get better at, but to have six guys in double figures is big-time for us. It just shows that we have plenty of guys who can make plays.”
Tonight @JaMorant recorded his third career triple-double (first this season). Morant's three triple-doubles are tied (with Delon Wright) for second in @memgrizz franchise history (behind Marc Gasol's five). pic.twitter.com/JuzxMffTEH— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) February 18, 2021
“By watching the film with Coach [Jenkins] and talking with Coach [Jenkins], Morant continued. Normally when I come off of a ball screen, the defender is sitting at the nail, so it’s a quick pass. Guys are knocking down shots. Once they do that, the help leaves, and it opens up the rest of the floor for us to get downhill.”
Anderson talked about playing with Morant: “Ja makes the game easier for a lot of people when he’s aggressive whether it’s scoring the ball or sharing to setting us up with easy shots. He makes it really easier for us out there.”
The Grizzlies will host the Pistons on Friday to continue their four-game homestand.