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Oklahoma City Thunder Lose by an NBA-Record 73 Points


Bookmakers took a look at the Grizzlies-Thunder game in Memphis on Thursday night, weighed all the factors, and decided that the Grizzlies should be 9-point favorites.

Yeah, I think they covered.

The Grizzlies led by 15 after a quarter, 36 at the half, and 51 after three quarters on their way to a 152-79 win. The 73-point margin of victory was the largest in N.B.A. history.

Even an arithmophobe could find some amazing numbers in the box score.

The Thunder, for instance, were outscored by 56 points when Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (2 points on 0-for-7 shooting) was on the floor. Oklahoma City was outrebounded, 53-26, and had two steals against 19 turnovers.

On the plus side, they made 82 percent of their free throws, better than the Grizzlies’ 72 percent. Good thing, too, or it might have really turned into a blowout.

The happier-looking Grizzlies numbers included 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting for Jaren Jackson Jr. and nine assists in 21 minutes for Tyus Jones. Santi Aldama put up a plus-52 despite coming off the bench.

“Tonight’s not necessarily who we are,” Thunder Coach Mark Daigneault said. Not necessarily, he said. Yikes.

Daigneault went on the philosophize a bit. “When you compete, you have exposure to the highs and lows of competition,” he said. “And competition comes with great joy. It also comes with grief and frustration and anger.”

In the Thunder’s favor, they were missing their leading scorer, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who entered the concussion protocol on Thursday. Still, the Grizzlies were without their own star, Ja Morant, who has a knee injury.

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