Memphis, Tenn. (NWN) — The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 152-79 on Thursday night to break the NBA record for winning margin.
The 73-point spread easily topped the previous mark, which was Cleveland’s 68-point victory over Miami. The Cavaliers defeated the Heat 148–80 on December 17, 1991.
Memphis used 12 players and nine of them reached double digits in the scoring, with Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 27 points leading the Grizzlies. Memphis was without its best player, injured guard Jaa Morant.
At halftime it was 72–36 and the Grizzlies continued to add to the lead, eventually leading with 78 points.
The Grizzlies set a franchise record for shooting with 62.5% of their shots. D’Anthony Melton scored 19 points, Santi Aldma 18 and John Koncher added 17 points for the Grizzlies – and neither of those three players started.
Sun 114, Piston 103
PHOENIX (NWN) — Cam Johnson and Cameron Payne both scored 19 points and earned a franchise-record 18th consecutive win, trailing Phoenix from Detroit.
Johnson and Payne made a brilliant effort from the sans bench, ending with 48 points. Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Phoenix improved to 19-3 this season.
Phoenix won for the first time this season despite the absence of leading scorer Devin Booker. The two-time All-Star injured his left hamstring in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game against Golden State.
Jeremy Grant had 34 points for the Pistons, falling 2-10 on the road.
Raptors 97, Bucks 93
TORONTO (NWN) – Fred VanVleet scored 29 points, Pascal Siakam 20, and Toronto took advantage of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence to end Milwaukee’s eight-game winning streak.
Antetokounmpo was ruled out due to pain in his right calf, a day after he scored 40 points as the Bucks beat Charlotte 127-125. The two-time NBA MVP sat out for the first time since November 12, when he missed an overtime loss in Boston due to a sprained right ankle.
Scotty Barnes scored 13 points as the Raptors won four games for the first time and broke a five-game home loss streak, the longest since January 2011.
Jury Holiday scored 26 points for the Bucks and Khris Middleton scored 22 points, their first loss since the November 14 defeat in Atlanta.
bull 119, niche 115
NEW YORK (NWN) – Demar DeRozan scored 34 points, Zack Lavin and Nikola Vucevi added 27 each, and Chicago held off New York.
All three of them were the only Bulls players to score in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks erased a 21-point deficit to take the lead.
DeRozan scored 18 points in the fourth, including the final six from the Bulls. LaVine gave Chicago the lead with two free throws and 53 seconds left after the game was tied on 111.
Julius Randall had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, but missed two free throws and a turnover that led to LaVine’s free throw. The Knicks (11-11) dropped to .500 for the first time this season after starting 5-1.
New York did not start RJ Barrett forward due to illness, as well as due to pain in center Nerlens Noel’s right knee. The Knicks then lost another center when Taj Gibson was kicked out in the first quarter.
Spurs 114, Trail Blazers 83
Portland, Ore. (NWN) — Brian Forbes had 18 points off the bench and San Antonio extended their winning streak to a season-high three games with a win over shorthand Portland.
Doug McDermott added 16 points and DeJonte Murray made 15 points and 13 assists for Spurs.
The defeat broke a 10-game home winning streak for the Blazers. Portland was led by CJ McCallum and Norman Powell with 16-16 points. Powell missed the last two games with a right quadriceps injury.
The Blazers were without All-Star guard Damien Lillard, who suffers from lower abdominal tendinopathy. Portland announced Wednesday that Lillard would miss 10 days before reparations.
Lillard was replaced by Anferney Simmons but went into the first quarter after spraining his right ankle and did not return.
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