The Oklahoma City Thunder made their adjustment as they played short-handed against the tall lineup of Memphis Grizzlies.
For the second straight games, the Thunder missed the services of Carmelo Anthony and the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook against the Gasol-led Memphis Grizzlies.
Memphis drew first blood as they surged a 6-0 early first quarter run until Paul George decided to take over the game. George made basket after basket and his damage mostly came from the three-point area and from the free-throw line.
George was a frequent vistor of the charity stripe and converted his eight shots out of his eleven attempts.
“Yeah, I loved it,” George said. “I loved every bit. Every second. It was why I was trying to get to the line, honestly. Trying to get more of that.”
In the absence of their two superstars, coach Billy Donovan relied the scoring firepower support from Alex Abrines, Raymond Felton, Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson.
“Tonight, I thought I got my rhythm and stayed in my rhythm and played my game, and again, I thought we all — second game with us being together — I thought there was a little more chemistry,” George said.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with his 18 points along with six rebounds while JaMychal Green chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Grizzlies now dropped to 12th spot in standings and currently at six-game losing skid.