While we were all watching the Bulls top the Knicks in a thriller at Madison Square Garden, the Memphis Grizzlies were beating the Oklahoma City Thunder like they stole something from them. The Grizzlies beat the Thunder by a whopping 73 points, the largest margin of victory in the history of the NBA, eclipsing the previous record of 68 set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 148-80 romping of the Miami Heat on December 17, 1991.
Another historical nugget on this one, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info:
The Grizzlies scored 82 points in the paint; the Thunder scored 79 points total.
It's the 1st time since 2000 that a team scored more paint points than total points scored by the other team. pic.twitter.com/RrkculwBqa
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 3, 2021
All of this without Ja Morant in the lineup for Memphis, and only one Grizzlies’ scorer with more than 20 points! Jarren Jackson Jr. led all scorers with 27 points, but Memphis featured nine players in double-figures on Thursday night. Oklahoma City shot a dismal 32.9 percent as a team from the field and just 28.9 percent from three. Memphis doubled Oklahoma City’s rebounding total (64-32) and racked up 16 steals to just a pair of cookies for the Thunder on the evening.
The 152 points scored were a franchise record for Memphis, and the Grizzlies bench outscored Oklahoma 93-79. YIKES!
Memphis moves to 11-10 on the season, good for fifth in the Western Conference. OKC falls to 6-15 on the season.
— Bally Sports: Grizzlies (@GrizzOnBally) December 3, 2021