Thursday night will be recorded in the history of the Memphis Grizzlies and the NBA.
In the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis won 152-79 to claim the victory by the largest difference in NBA history since the clock era.
According to ESPN Stats & Info research, the Grizzlies led by as much as 78 points, which is the biggest advantage in any game since 1996-97. In all, Memphis had 9 players recording double figures, equaling their most in a game in team history. Special mention is that they did not have their star point guard Ja Morant.
During the game, the Grizzlies shot 62.5% from the ground, breaking the previous franchise record for percentage of field goals in a game (62.0% on December 13, 2003).
The Grizzlies won by a total difference of 73 points, an NBA record despite not having a single player with All-Star experience against OKC. This isn’t the first embarrassing mark for the Thunder. Since 1996-97, OKC has the two largest point deficits in a game – tonight and a 67-point deficit on May 1 against the Pacers.
Also, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Grizzlies bench scored 93 points, the second-most since starting and reserve players were recorded in 1970-71.
The Thunder were without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who entered concussion protocol Thursday.
The shooting guard scored 39 points against the Rockets on Wednesday night, but suffered a blow to the head late in the game, while point guard Josh Giddey, averaging 10.4 points and 5.5 assists, was out with a non-illness. COVID-19, and the remaining players were unable to fill the void in Oklahoma City’s offense.