Thunder Stop Losing Streak, Hold Off Memphis
The Oklahoma City Thunder ended a three-game losing streak with a 113-107 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
After Memphis scored the first four points of the game, OKC went on a 7-0 run and never trailed after that, building the lead to 19 at one point in the third quarter.
The Thunder’s defense was better, but it lapsed in the fourth quarter again, as the Grizzlies rallied, scoring 36 points in the final period to get back in the game.
Memphis cut OKC’s lead to three before Kevin Durant hit a pair of jumpers to clinch the win.
Durant led all scorers with 37 points, and added 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 6 assists, while Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson had 14 points.
Thabo Sefolosha played just four minutes, leaving the game with an apparent foot injury in the first quarter.
OKC took three of four games from Memphis in the season series.
The Thunder improved to 44-15 on the season, and continue their six-game homestand Sunday night when they host Charlotte at 6:00.