Memphis is a little short-handed with the Rudy Gay deal. In the meantime, a well-rested Oklahoma City Thunder team made their first nine shots and never looked back. The Grizzlies shot miserably throughout the game, under 35 percent from the field. At one point, Zach Randolph was 0-for-nine but had 12 rebounds.
Kevin Durant went for 27 points, seven rebounds, and six assists while Russell Westbrook had 26 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Serge Ibaka had six blocks. As for Memphis, they were led by Jerryd Bayless, who had 23 points. Zach Randolph shot four-for-17 and had nine points and 19 total rebounds.
The Grizzlies went down to 29-16 while the Thunder kept pace with the San Antonio Spurs as they go to 35-11.
Dirk Nowitzki was a late scratch in the game but the Mavericks kept it close throughout the game in Oakland. Andrew Bogut blocked Brandan Wright with six seconds left when the Warriors were clinging to a 98-97 lead. Jarrett Jack made a couple of foul shots to boost the lead to three after he was immediately fouled. Vince Carter’s desperation three didn’t go in and the Warriors hung on to win.
The Warriors were without Stephen Curry, but All-Star David Lee fell one assist short of a triple-double (15 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists). Klay Thompson continued his marvelous shooting and went for 27 points on 11-18 shooting. O.J. Mayo led the Mavericks with 25 points while Vince Carter scored 22 points off the bench. The Warriors are now only a half-game away from the fourth-seeded Grizzlies, who lost earlier to the Thunder.