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MEMvOKC: Grind City Rewind 3.25.19

Grind City Media’s Alexis Morgan and Lang Whitaker break down the Grizzlies victory over the Thunder.

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MEMvOKC: Grind City Rewind 3.25.19

Grind City Media’s Alexis Morgan and Lang Whitaker break down the Grizzlies victory over the Thunder.
Mar 25, 2019  |  01:02

MEMvOKC: Grizzmo 3.25.19

Take a closer look at key moments from the Grizzlies game against the Thunder.
Mar 25, 2019  |  01:00

MEMvOKC: Postgame press conference 3.25.19

Grizzlies Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff speaks with the media following the Grizzlies 115-103 win over the Thunder on Monday night at FedExForum.
Mar 25, 2019  |  08:08

MEMvOKC: Tyler Dorsey postgame 3.25.19

Grizzlies guard Tyler Dorsey discusses the Grizzlies win over the Thunder.
Mar 25, 2019  |  03:30

MEMvOKC: Jonas Valanciunas postgame 3.25.19

Jonas Valanciunas speaks on the win against the Thunder.
Mar 25, 2019  |  00:56

MEMvOKC: Chandler Parsons postgame 3.25.19

Hear what Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons had to say to reporters following Monday’s victory over the Thunder.
Mar 25, 2019  |  03:42

Grizzlies vs. Thunder highlights 3.25.19

Check out the top plays from the Grizzlies match against the Thunder on Monday in Memphis.
Mar 25, 2019  |  02:02

Dorsey drives strong to the rim

Tyler Dorsey slashes to the rim during the fast break and draws a foul for a chance to complete the three-point play.
Mar 25, 2019  |  00:08

MEMvOKC: Delon Wright walkoff interview 3.25.19

Rob Fischer sees what Delon Wright has to say about tonight’s win over the Thunder at FedExForum.
Mar 25, 2019  |  01:10

Bruno Caboclo 24 points vs. Thunder 3.25.19

Bruno Caboclo scores a team-high 24 points, 2 assists and 11 rebounds as the Grizzlies face off against the Thunder.
Mar 25, 2019  |  01:13

Delon Wright 18 points vs. Thunder 3.25.19

Delon Wright drops a career-high 13 assist and adds 18 points against the Thunder in Memphis.
Mar 25, 2019  |  01:20

Delon Wright steals and scores

Delon Wright steals from the Thunder and score on the break.
Mar 25, 2019  |  00:12

Wright's acrobatic finish

Wright splits two defenders and finishes with a tough finger roll at the rim against the OKC Thunder.
Mar 25, 2019  |  00:06

Tyler Dorsey threads the needle

Guard Tyler Dorsey zips a pass through multiple Thunder defenders to Valancuiunas for the slam.
Mar 25, 2019  |  00:07

MEMvOKC: Game Day Live 3.25.19

Watch Chris Vernon and Jon Roser discuss everything you need to know about tonight’s matchup before heading to FedExForum. Game Day Live is presented by Uber.
Mar 25, 2019  |  02:42

3.25.19 J.B. Bickerstaff media availability

Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff addresses the media ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Thunder in Memphis.
Mar 25, 2019  |  04:34

3.25.19 Mike Conley media availability

Mike Conley speaks to the media prior to tonight’s game against the Thunder at FedExForum.
Mar 25, 2019  |  04:42

Postgame Report: Grizzlies Battle on the Boards to Thwart Thunder, 115-103

by Memphis Grizzlies

Game Recap

The Memphis Grizzlies matched a season-high in rebounds to top the Oklahoma City Thunder, 115-103 on Monday night in FedExForum. The Grizzlies improved to 30-44 on the season and 20-18 at home, winning five of their last six in FedExForum. The Thunder dropped to 43-31 on the year and are now 23-13 on the road. The win snaps a nine-game losing streak to Oklahoma City, and prevented a series sweep as the Thunder won season series 2-1.

Memphis mopped up on the glass, outrebounding Oklahoma City 57-41, including a 44-29 advantage on the defensive boards. The Thunder entered tonight as the second-best rebounding team in the NBA (48.1 rpg), while the Grizzlies were 29th (41.3 rpg). The Grizzlies’ 57 rebounds tie a season-high (2/25/19 vs LAL).

With several players out for Memphis the scoring came by committee, with all five starters scoring in double-digits. Bruno Caboclo scored a career-high 24 points while tying a career-high 11 rebounds to earn his first career double-double. Caboclo’s previous scoring high was 16 points, which also came against Oklahoma City on Feb. 7 this season. Delon Wright also earned his first career double-double, scoring 18 points while passing out a career-high 13 assists. Wright has set a new benchmark in assists twice within the last week, as he had eight assists in Orlando on March 22. Jonas Valanciunas recorded his fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with 18 points and grabbing a game-high 14 boards. Valanciunas is averaging 23.5 points and 16.8 rebounds in his last four games. Tyler Dorsey chipped in with 21 points and eight rebounds, marking the second time in the last three games that he’s scored over 20 points. Justin Holiday rounded out the scoring efforts with 17 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists. It’s the first time all five starters have scored in double-digits this season since Dec. 26, 2018 in a 95-87 win against Cleveland, although none of the starters in that game were in action tonight.

Memphis finished the game shooting 40-for-89 (.449) from the field, while Oklahoma City went 38-for-95 (.400). Both teams shot 33 percent from three-point range, with the Grizzlies finishing 11-for-33 and the Thunder at 12-for-36. The Thunder won the turnover battle, 15-10, but the Grizzlies outscored them 17-13 in points off of turnovers. Memphis mopped up on the glass, outrebounding Oklahoma City 57-41, including a 44-29 advantage on the defensive boards. The Thunder entered tonight as the second-best rebounding team in the NBA (48.1 rpg), while the Grizzlies were 29th (41.3 rpg). The Grizzlies passed out 31 assists tonight, compared to 17 by the Thunder. Memphis has recorded at least 30 assists in 11 games this season, and are now 6-5 when they do so.

Paul George led the Thunder with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds, giving him his 23rd double-double of the season. George now has 30 games with at least 30 points this year. Dennis Schroder poured in 25 points off the bench. Russell Westbrook finished with 16 points (6-20 FG), a team-high seven assists and five rebounds. Ferguson chipped in with 13 points, making all three of his three-point attempts in the game.

Memphis made 11-of-20 (.550) shots in the fourth quarter, while holding Oklahoma City to 8-of-21 (.381) shooting. The Thunder threatened to come back throughout the final period, as they turned a double-digit Grizzlies’ lead into single-digits seven different times. A Terrance Ferguson at the 7:10 mark to trim the Grizzlies lead to 94-87, but the Grizzlies would immediately respond with a 9-3 run over the next 2:28, giving them another double-digit cushion at 103-90. George would drain a pair of clutch threes at the 1:40 and 1:13 marks, but they were interspersed by a pair of Caboclo alley-oops to prevent any major momentum swings for the Thunder. Both teams committed four turnovers in the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies scored seven points off the giveaways while the Thunder scored only two.

After trailing 73-55, the Thunder stormed back with a 14-3 run from 6:35 to 4:24 (2:11 span) to bring the score back into single-digits. The Thunder made 10-straight shots beginning with that run, until there were 56 seconds left in the quarter, as part of a 13-for-25 (.520) shooting performance. The Grizzlies weren’t far behind though, shooting 12-for-22 (4-7 3P) in the third to lead 86-78 heading into the final frame.

Defense was the story of first half, as both teams shot under 37 percent from the floor. Memphis went 17-for-47 (.362) in the half, while Oklahoma City shot 17-for-49 (.347), and the teams combined to make just 10-of-39 (.256) three-pointers. The Grizzlies committed seven turnovers in the half, which the Thunder converted into nine points, while Oklahoma City’s five giveaways turned into seven Memphis points. Westbrook and George, who entered tonight averaging a combined 51.3 points and 17.8 field goals per game, shot 6-for-26 (.230) from the field and had 18 points in the half.

The Grizzlies opened the game with a 16-2 run, starting the game 7-for-7 (2-2 3P) from the floor while the Thunder made just one of their first nine shots. Memphis made half their shots (12-24 FG) in the first quarter, despite connecting on just 2-of-10 (.200) threes. The Grizzlies also assisted on 10 of their 12 baskets. The Thunder shot 7-for-25 (.280) from the floor, including going 2-for-11 (.182) from beyond the arc, and had only two assists in the quarter. The Grizzlies got to the rim in the quarter, outscoring the Thunder 18-10 in the paint while shooting 9-for-13 (.692) in the lane to take a 31-23 lead going into the second quarter.

Oklahoma City’s offense moved the ball better in the second quarter, beginning the period with a 9-2 run to give them their first lead at the game at 34-33. The Grizzlies shot a season-low percentage in the period, going 5-for-23 (.217) from the field, but made 10-of-11 (.909) free throws throughout the second to offset their struggles. George tomahawked a dunk home with 1.4 seconds left before halftime, but the Grizzlies led 54-48 at the break.

Next Game

The Grizzlies will host the reigning NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, for the first time this season on Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. CT inside FedExForum. Come out to the game, tune in to FOX Sports Southeast presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners or listen on 92.9 FM ESPN to follow the action.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies and purchase single-game tickets can do so now by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to grizzlies.com/tickets. Single Game Tickets are also available for purchase at the FedExForum Box Office, ticketmaster.com, online at grizzlies.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX. For more information on the Grizzlies, visit grizzlies.com, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram (@memgrizz).

Team Quotes

Player Notes

  • Bruno Caboclo scored a career-high 24 points while tying a career-high 11 rebounds to earn his first career double-double. Caboclo’s previous scoring high was 16 points, which also came against Oklahoma City on Feb. 7 this season.
  • Delon Wright also earned his first career double-double, scoring 18 points while passing out a career-high 13 assists. Wright has set a new benchmark or reached a career high in assists twice within the last week, as he had eight assists in Orlando on March 22.
  • Jonas Valanciunas recorded his fourth consecutive double-double, finishing with 18 points and grabbing a game-high 14 boards. Valanciunas is averaging 23.5 points and 16.8 rebounds in his last four games.
  • Tyler Dorsey chipped in with 21 points and eight rebounds, the second time in the last three games that he’s scored over 20 points.
  • Justin Holiday rounded out the Grizzlies’ scoring efforts with 17 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists.
  • Paul George led the Thunder with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds, giving him his 23rd double-double of the season. George now has 30 games with at least 30 points this year.

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