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MEMvOKC: McLemore postgame 12.9.17

Ben McLemore discusses what went wrong against OKC.

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MEMvOKC: McLemore postgame 12.9.17

Ben McLemore discusses what went wrong against OKC.
Dec 9, 2017  |  04:04

MEMvOKC: Evans postgame 12.9.17

Hear what Tyreke Evans has to say about the loss to the Thunder.
Dec 9, 2017  |  01:11

MEMvOKC: Harrison postgame 12.9.17

Andrew Harrison talks about the team's struggles.
Dec 9, 2017  |  01:35

MEMvOKC: Gasol postgame 12.9.17

Marc Gasol talks about what went wrong against OKC.
Dec 9, 2017  |  04:27

MEMvOKC: Coach Bickerstaff postgame 12.9.17

Coach Bickerstaff breaks down the loss to the Thunder.
Dec 9, 2017  |  03:54

Tyreke takes over against OKC

Tyreke led the charge against the Thunder with 29 points, five assists, and 13 rebounds.
Dec 9, 2017  |  01:20

Grizzlies vs. Thunder highlights 12.9.17

Catch the thrilling action from Saturday night's game at FedExForum.
Dec 9, 2017  |  01:39

Reke to the rack

Tyreke Evans puts a nice move on Russell Westbrook and gets a bucket.
Dec 9, 2017  |  00:12

Brooks drops a dime to Gasol

Dillon Brooks hits Marc Gasol with a no-look pass for an easy dunk.
Dec 9, 2017  |  00:08

DD protects the paint

Deyonta Davis gets a block and snatches a rebound away from a defender.
Dec 9, 2017  |  00:10

Brooks nails the 3 through contact

Dillon Brooks hits the 3-pointer with a foul and converts a 4 point play.
Dec 9, 2017  |  00:09

Postgame Cleanup: Grizz fall to Thunder in nail-biting OT

The Postgame Cleanup is brought to you by ServiceMaster. The Memphis Grizzlies fell the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-101 in an overtime thriller Saturday night at FedExForum in the second game of a home back-to-back. It marked the first overtime game for either team this season.

Memphis got off to yet another strong start tonight, scoring 34 points in the first quarter and taking their largest lead of the game (50-30) coming at the 5:08 mark in the second quarter. The 20-point spread was the team’s largest lead in a game this season.

After the Grizzlies took an 11-point halftime advantage, the Thunder sparked an 18-6 run to take a 64-63 lead, their first since early in the first quarter. The Grizzlies were outscored 21-9 in the third quarter and shot just 3-of-20 from the field. Memphis’ nine third-quarter points were a season low for any period this season.

Memphis led by three points (101-98) with 1:03 left in overtime after a Tyreke Evans three-pointer, but Russell Westbrook made a finger roll with 13.8 seconds left to pull the Thunder within one. An Oklahoma City foul would send Memphis to the free throw line, but the Grizzlies did not connect on either attempt. Westbrook subsequently drew a foul call with 5.2 seconds left, making both free throws to help the Thunder improve to 12-13 this season.

Evans led all scores for the second consecutive night, finishing with 29 points on 13-of-24 shooting and bringing down a career-high tying 13 rebounds for his third double-double this season. Marc Gasol added 22 points as the duo combined for over half of Memphis’ total points in the loss. Ben McLemore added a season-high 17 points and was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Four of Oklahoma City’s starting five would end the night with 20-or-more points as Carmelo Anthony (21 points), Steven Adams (21 points), Alex Abrines (career-high 20 points) and Russell Westbrook (20 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists) combined for 62 of the team’s 102 points. Westbrook, who finished 7-of-29 from the field and 1-of-12 from three-point range, posted his eighth triple-double of the season.

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Key Stats of the Night

  • After scoring 57 points on 22-of-43 shooting (.512) in the first half, Memphis scored just nine points on 3-of-20 shooting (.150) in the third quarter, a season-low point total for any quarter this season.

Key Run of the Night

  • Memphis led by 20 points (50-30), the team’s largest lead of the season, with 5:08 left in the second quarter, but Oklahoma City put together a 13-0 run to cut the deficit to seven (50-43) with 1:38 left in the first half.
  • Oklahoma City trailed by eight points (63-55) with 7:46 left in the third quarter but closed the quarter on a 12-3 run to take a one-point lead (67-66) entering the fourth quarter.
  • The Grizzlies led by three points (101-98) with 1:03 left in overtime after a Tyreke Evans three-pointer, but Russell Westbrook made a finger roll with 13.8 seconds left to pull the Thunder within one… Oklahoma City fouled, and Memphis missed both of its free throw attempts… Westbrook subsequently drew a foul call with 5.2 seconds left and made both free throws to provide the final score.

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Team Quotes

On the missed opportunities
Yeah… we had our chances. Over and over again, we had our chances. We can’t afford to let these types of games slip…small things, simple execution things, understanding our player tendencies, those types of things. We had our opportunities. We let it slip away from us.
-- Coach Bickerstaff
On letting the game slip away
I mean it’s extremely frustrating. Anybody that’s a competitor, in these moments when we’re searching for our footing, have an opportunity like this slip away from us, it’s extremely frustrating. Our guys battled, they fought. They {Thunder} just made one more play than we did at the end.
-- Coach Bickerstaff
On the third quarter
We’ve got to do a better job in the third quarters. There’s no doubt about it. I think the energy and the thrust that we started the last two games with, we’ve got to find that coming out of the half. We’ll dissect it. We’ll get with our guys and [see] if we need to do something different in the half or coming out of the half, but we definitely have to address it and solve it.
-- Coach Bickerstaff
On losing a 20-point lead
Basketball happened. They made runs. They’re a good team. You were up 20 obviously for a reason. You were doing things correctly. We were able to slow them down in transition. They changed a little bit, the pace of the game. They slowed us down offensively, and they were able to speed up the game on their end because they were getting stops. That’s what happened. It’s not always negative things that happen. Sometimes the other team also does things the right way for them to come back into the game.
-- Marc Gasol
On the frustration of losing
We made mistakes, especially defensively. Things that we talked about, things that we walked through. I thought the effort was there. The communication was there. There were things that we need to get better at. Also, we cannot let teams offensively allow us to just crunch in on one side of the floor and just load that side with length and two, three guys. It’s hard to maneuver and operate with so many bodies. We have to push a little more, and play it fast paced so we’re not as predictable.
-- Marc Gasol
On how the mental mistakes affect the team’s frustration
Winning is never easy. You have to draw a line in the sand, and obviously take a stand and learn the habits that it takes to win games. It’s really hard, but it’s a thing that you have to figure out on your own. You have to trust the guys around you. When they tell you something, or a call, or a play, or even schemes that we walked through before the game, you have to be able to trust it. We can only get better.
-- Marc Gasol
On closing out games
We’ve had chances in every game. I think we’re all improving and getting better as a team. Feeding off Marc (Gasol), his leadership has been unbelievable. Tyreke (Evans) has been playing great. We’ve all just been trying to do our roles. We’re out there playing as hard as we can. We all want to win so bad. When you can’t finish it out like tonight, it hurts.
-- Andrew Harrison

Player Notes

  • Tyreke Evans posted his third double-double of the season with 29 points (13-24 FG, 2-8 3P, 1-2 FT) and a career-high tying 13 rebounds… Evans also had five assists.
  • Marc Gasol scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
  • Ben McLemore scored a season-high 17 points (6-10 FG, 5-7 3P) and set a season high for three-pointers made… McLemore’s career high for three-pointers made is six (Feb. 10, 2017 vs. Atlanta).
  • Dillon Brooks rebounded with 13 points (5-8 FG, 2-3 3P, 1-1 FT) after totaling just two points in the Grizzlies’ previous two games.
  • Getting the start for Paul George (right calf contusion), Alex Abrines scored a career-high 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-8 3P) and set a career best for three-pointers made… Abrines only had one double-digit scoring game this season entering tonight.
  • Russell Westbrook registered his eighth triple-double of the season with 20 points (7-29 FG, 1-12 3P, 5-8 FT), 11 rebounds and 14 assists.
  • Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony both recorded 21 points and nine rebounds.

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