Memphis sets new NBA margin of victory record in 73-point demolition of OKC – .

Memphis sets new NBA margin of victory record in 73-point demolition of OKC – .

The 73-point victory breaks the previous record of 68 points set by the Cleveland Cavaliers which had held out for nearly 20 years – a 148-80 mauling of the Miami Heat on December 17, 1991.

Led by Jaren Jackson Jr. with 27 points, nine Grizzlies scored in double digits as a new franchise points record was also set.

It won’t be of much consolation for the Thunder – reeling from an eighth straight loss that leaves them 6-16 – but after trailing 78 points with just over three minutes to go, it could have been worse.

Even with 30 seconds remaining, the Grizzlies held a 75-point lead, but the Thunder’s Ty Jerome sank the last shot of the game to reduce the lead to 73.

Likewise, the Thunder won’t be reassured knowing that the Grizzlies have dealt all of that damage without star goalie Ja Morant, who was out due to injury.
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“Tonight isn’t necessarily who we are,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault told reporters.

“I think we’ve definitely shown that from a competitive point of view – it doesn’t say who our team is.

“With competition comes great joy, but also heartache, frustration and anger… That’s why joy is so good because when you get a punch and you taste your own blood , you don’t feel good. “

Glee was the only mood for the Grizzlies in a third straight win that brings them to 12-10, softened by the fact that the historic eruption took place in front of their own fans at FedExForum.

Franchise records fell in abundance overnight – the most points in a game, the most bench points in a game (93), the most assists (41) and the field goal percentage. higher (62.5%).

Grizzlies forward Jackson Jr. bounces the ball into the blowout.

Not that Taylor Jenkins seemed too bothered by such statistics, with the Grizzlies coach saying after the game that “records are made to be broken.”

“The franchise records are obviously great and I’m proud of our guys that they don’t think about it,” Jenkins told reporters.

“We’re just motivated by our standards every night and tonight it’s been fully exposed offensively and defensively.

“Records are records and records are meant to be broken. What motivates us every day is to play our best basketball, and I think in the last three games we’ve done a great job. “

“Good win,” Jackson Jr. said with a slight understatement.

“We put it in place, we stayed true to the game plan and stayed committed throughout the game. Thanks to the coach and everyone.

“Just another game, it goes in the left column,” added Jackson Jr.

Jackson Jr. led the way in Memphis with 27 points on the evening.

The suns walk

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns continued their league rampage with a 114-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Despite the absence of top scorer Devin Booker, an 18th straight win set a new franchise record for the Western Conference leaders, as Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne both scored 19 points.

The Milwaukee Bucks, on the other hand, couldn’t be without their star man. Missing Giannis Antetokounmpo with injury, they saw their eight-game winning streak interrupted by the previously struggling Toronto Raptors in a 97-93 loss.


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