RECAP: Dillon Brooks nets 25 as the Memphis Grizzlies top Thunder

By Field Level Media
Mar 24, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson (1) goes to the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Aleksej Pokusevski (17) defends the shot during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Dillon Brooks matched his season high with 25 points as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-107 on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

Grayson Allen added 20 points in the win, hitting four 3-pointers for the Grizzlies, who have won three in a row and four of their last five to move back over .500 at 21-20.

After the Thunder scored the first eight points of the second half to extend their lead to 12, Memphis finally got going offensively.

The Grizzlies turned the ball over three times in the first 1:04 of the quarter but protected the ball the rest of the frame, with only two more turnovers the rest of the quarter.

Brooks scored seven of his 11 third-quarter points during an 18-2 run to put Memphis on top for what proved to be for good.

Brooks and Ja Morant combined to go 11-for-13 from the floor in the third for 20 points between the duo.

Morant struggled to score outside of the third, going 1-for-7 the rest of the game and finishing with 11 points to go with seven assists.

Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Memphis, which beat the Thunder for the second time in three meetings. Valanciunas had nine rebounds in the third.

The Grizzlies scored 70 points in the paint, compared to 58 for the Thunder.

De’Anthony Melton added 14 points off the bench for Memphis, going 4-for-6 from behind the 3-point line.

The Thunder were without leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is suffering from plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Oklahoma City announced before the game. Gilgeous-Alexander will miss a “significant amount of time” with the injury, Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said before the game.

Oklahoma City was led by Moses Brown’s 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Brown had a double-double by the time seven minutes had passed in the second quarter, the third-fastest double-double in Thunder history according to the team.

Two days after shooting a season-high 56.8 percent from behind the 3-point line in a win at Minnesota, Oklahoma City was just 10 of 35 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc.

–Field Level Media