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Memphis

[MEMPHIS] — The Memphis Grizzlies played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night and Grizz fans will wish that they could have another crack at this one. The narrow 100-103 defeat was and still is a tough one to swallow. The loss bumps Memphis's record down to 42-37 on the season, while the victory gives Oklahoma City a 45-33 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Grizzlies would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

Team results aside, a monster night from Russell Westbrook is all that fans will be talking about as they process the contest. Westbrook pumped out a stat line of 45 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists, 0 blocks and 5 steals in 38 minutes on the night, quantifiable proof of his place among the top tier of NBA players. Most importantly, the Thunder managed to prevail where it mattered most and will happily add another victory to their season total. So long as Westbrook keeps producing at this rate and Oklahoma City keeps winning ball games, everybody - from fantasy owners to the team coaching and executive staff - will be more than satisfied.

Though Memphis didn't end up getting it done when it mattered most, Marc Gasol did walk away with the small consolation of an attractive 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Whether another bright individual performance can help them get the result they want on the scoreboard next time, however, remains to be seen.

From a personal standpoint, Russell Westbrook made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 8 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Grizzlies can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Memphis wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the New York Knicks. The Thunder, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the Phoenix Suns.

Grizzlies Stats

Roster P R A B S M
M. Gasol23554233
T. Allen14740228
Z. Randolph20910126
A. Harrison12330037
W. Selden6330023
V. Carter10220025
B. Wright2121118
T. Daniels8300014
J. Green3400019
W. Baldwin2010111
J. Ennis010007

Thunder Stats

Roster P R A B S M
R. Westbrook459100538
V. Oladipo15351139
S. Adams51011033
T. Gibson8700126
D. McDermott10700032
E. Kanter10500021
S. Christon3030123
D. Sabonis5101010
A. Roberson2101013
N. Collison010006
DetailsMemphisOklahoma City
Game No.7978
Score100103
Average101.0107.0
Record42-3745-33
 
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Game MVPs

Russell
Westbrook

79.0 FP
2.08 FPPM
Marc
Gasol

49.5 FP
1.5 FPPM
Tony
Allen

36.0 FP
1.29 FPPM

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