Grizzlies outscore Thunder by 73 points in biggest blowout in NBA history


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Via:  john-russell  •  8 months ago  •  7 comments

Grizzlies outscore Thunder by 73 points in biggest blowout in NBA history

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Grizzlies outscore Thunder by 73 points in biggest blowout in NBA history (

Thunder-Grizzlies box score is a horror story

A   group of around 13,000 fans made the trip to the Memphis Grizzlies' FedExForum to see a basketball game on Thursday. What they got instead was bizarre history.

Despite missing star guard Ja Morant, the Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 152-79. The 73-point margin was the largest in the history of the NBA, breaking the 68-point record set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 148-80 win over the Miami Heat in 1991.

Thanks to a 57-point home loss to the Indiana Pacers last season, the Thunder now own the NBA record for largest home and road losses.

Here's how the team took it on Twitter:

The Thunder never led in the game. Instead, they were down 15 points by the end of the first quarter, 36 points at halftime and trailed by as many as 78 points midway through the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies, who set a franchise record for points scored, could have missed every shot they attempted in the final 21 minutes of the game and still won.

It's worth mentioning the   Thunder don't exactly seem in the business of winning   as many games as they can these days, but even the tankiest of tanky teams don't typically lose like this. So how did it happen? 

Well, the team entered the game without star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, veteran big man Derrick Favors and sixth overall pick Josh Giddey. Already shorthanded, the Thunder collectively shot 32.9% from the field while committing 19 turnovers.

Tre Mann, elevated to the starting lineup with Gilgeous-Alexander and Giddey out, shot 5-of-11 from the field. That represented the best shooting line of the night among Thunder starters, all the way down center Jeremiah Robinson-Earl's 0-for-7 night. In the 24 minutes Robinson-Earl was on the floor, the Thunder were outscored by 56 points,   the second-worst individual mark since 1997 .

Keep in mind, this team has beaten the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Twice.

Meanwhile, Memphis shot a franchise-record 62.5% from the field and had nine players score in double figures. Again, if every player on the Grizzlies stopped scoring after reaching 10 points, they still would have won. If their starters went scoreless, they still would have won thanks to 93 bench points. If they went scoreless on every shot outside the paint, they still would have won thanks to 82 points in the paint.

With Morant out, Jaren Jackson Jr. led all scorers with 27 points. Rookie big man Santi Aldama, who entered the game averaging 8.4 minutes and 3.0 points, finished as a +52 after posting 18 points and 10 rebounds.

As you can imagine, the internet found all of this very entertaining.


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Professor Principal
1  seeder  JohnRussell    8 months ago

The average NBA ticket price is 51 dollars.   Someone should sue the OKC team for that 51 bucks. 

It is impossible for a professional basketball team that is trying to lose that badly. 

Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
2  Sean Treacy    8 months ago

The NBA just isn't a very interesting product until the playoffs. I'm surprised so many people fork over good money to watch glorified scrimmages until the last few minutes of a close game. 

Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2    8 months ago

I used to occasionally go to a Bulls game with friends. When you are in the stadium it becomes much clearer that quite a few players dont put out top effort every night.  Still, the ticket prices are the same whether the players are trying that night or not. 

Greg Jones
Professor Guide
3  Greg Jones    8 months ago

Most boring game around. Give me football and hockey

Split Personality
Professor Principal
4  Split Personality    8 months ago

51 reasons not to pay any attention to the NBA.

I went to a 76ers game many years ago to see  Chamberlain Cunningham and Goukas

face the Lakers Jerry West, Elgin Baylor & Darral Imhoff.

Sixers won in the 2nd OT

Sections of the Spectrum roof blew off that night.

Never went back.

charger 383
Professor Quiet
4.1  charger 383  replied to  Split Personality @4    8 months ago

I remember those names and when Chamberlain was with 76ers not Lakers

Thrawn 31
Professor Guide
5  Thrawn 31    8 months ago

Lol holy shit, how is a team THAT bad? It isn't like they were playing the Warriors or the Suns, the Grizzlies aren't even THAT good.


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